Michael J. Weiss Ph.D.
is a licensed clinical psychology in Connecticut and Massachusetts and the Director of Applied Developmental Analysis (ADA) Therapy, LLC. He works directly with clients, families, school personnel and other supporters involved with children who struggle with social, emotional, educational, therapeutic and behavioral concerns. All of his work is hands on and based in family’s homes, schools and in their communities.
After receiving his Doctorate in 1986 from Tufts University, Dr. Weiss was a faculty member in the Schools of Medicine at McGill and Harvard Universities and a staff Psychologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and the Children's Hospitals in Montreal and Boston. He was also an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Fairfield University from 2004 to 2016. It was during these formative years working in the University settings that he developed a home-based approach to therapy and family consultation. He has worked for more than 40-years consulting to families and school boards across the United States and eastern Canada.
In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Weiss has a long history as a researcher, lecturer and author on a variety of topics related to child development, developmental disabilities and mental health. He has been a regular participant of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and International Society of Infant Studies (ISIS) and the International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR), among others. Dr. Weiss has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the Autism Society of America and the International Rett Syndrome Association and was an invited speaker to the Vygotsky lecture series, University of the Humanities and Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. He was the senior editor of the academic textbook Newborn Attention: Biological Constraints & the Influence of Experience (1991, co-edited with Philip R. Zelazo, Ph.D.) and has published numerous articles, chapters, and abstracts related to infant and child development. His articles have appeared in well-known academic journals such as Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Infant Behavior & Development, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Clinical Child Psychology, and Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. He has also been a featured columnist in the magazine Parents Canada. Dr. Weiss has also published a book about managing children's behavior (with Sheldon Wagner, Ph.D. and Susan Goldberg, M.A.), titled Drawing the Line: Ten Steps to Constructive Discipline and Achieving a Great Relationship with Your Kids (2006, Warner Books Publisher).
Dr. Weiss was also the Executive Producer and central character in the field documentary television show Real Families with Dr. Michael Weiss, which was aired for nine years on theLife Network and the Discovery Health Network in Canada. The program was also syndicated internationally on the Oxygen Network in the U.S. and a variety of other networks in the UK & Ireland (Discovery Health), Japan (NHK-Cable), Australia (Discovery Health), China, Israel, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, and dubbed into Spanish in Mexico and on The Latin Network in Canada. Dr. Weiss also collaborated with Mixed Media Productions, Inc., in the production of a Canadian pilot television program and Digital Media content titled The Comeback Kids. This project was selected for development by the Telus Fund with a focus on Teenagers’ Mental Health.