James P. Comer, M.D.

James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center and also serves as Associate Dean of the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Comer has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College since 1999.

Dr. Comer is internationally known for his creation in 1968 of the Comer School Development Program (SDP), now viewed as the forerunner of most modern school reform efforts. He is the author of 10 books, including Maggie’s American Dream, Leave No Child Behind, and, most recently, What I Learned in School: Reflections on Race, Child Development and School Reform.

Dr. Comer is a co-founder and past President of the Black Psychiatrists of America. He has served on the boards of several universities, foundations. He was a consultant to Children’s Television Workshop and has served as a consult, committee member, advisory board member and trustee to numerous local and national organizations serving children. He co-chaired an NCATE National Expert Panel on Increasing the Application of Knowledge About Child and Adolescent Development in Educator Preparation Programs.

Dr. Comer has received the John & Mary Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, the Charles A. Dana Award for pioneering Achievement in Education, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, the John Hope Franklin Award and, the University of Louisville 2007 Grawemeyer Award for Education. He holds 47 honorary degrees and is a member of both the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.