V. Mark Durand

V. Mark Durand

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus


Office: TER 404


Curriculum Vitae


Major themes in Dr. Durand’s research include developing models for understanding challenging behaviors in people with autism spectrum disorders as well as developing new treatments. Dr. Durand has published 15 books including abnormal psychology textbooks that have been used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide.

Dr. Durand has more than 135 publications. He and his colleague developed a treatment for problem behaviors (functional communication training) that is used around the world. His books include textbooks on abnormal psychology that have been translated into 10 languages and used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide. His other books include the multiple national award winning Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child as well as Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs. He was named a 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellow and received the 2015 Jacobson Award for Critical Thinking from the American Psychological Association (APA). From 2018-2019 Dr. Durand served as President of Division 33 (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/ASD) for APA.


Ph.D., Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook




Barlow, D.H., Durand, V.M. & Hofmann, S. (2023). Psychopathology: An integrative approach for mental disorders. (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Durand, V.M. (2021). Supporting families with children who display severe challenging behavior. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 46(3). 199-207.

Durand, V.M., & Moskowitz, L. (2019). The link between problem behavior and communication impairment in persons with developmental disabilities. Current Developmental Disorders Reports 6(3), 138-144.

Durand, V.M., Barlow, D.H. & Hofmann, S. (2019). Essentials of abnormal psychology (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Durand, V.M. (2014). Sleep better!: A guide to improving sleep for children with special needs (revised edition). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Durand, V.M. (2014). Autism spectrum disorder: A clinical guide for general practitioners. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Durand, V. M., Hieneman, M., Clarke, S., Wang, M., & Rinaldi, M. (2013). Positive family intervention for severe challenging behavior I: A multi-site randomized clinical trial. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 15(3), 133-143.

Durand, V.M. (2011). Optimistic parenting: Hope and help for you and your challenging child. Baltimore: MD: Paul H. Brookes.