V. Mark Durand
V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the ASA. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and has written 11 books including abnormal psychology textbooks that are used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide. In addition he has more than 100 research publications and major themes in Durand's research include the assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems for children and adults with ASD, parent training and treatments for child sleep problems. Most recently he developed an innovative approach to help families work with their challenging children (optimistic parenting) and published a multiple award winning book for parents - Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child.