James Comer
Yale University
Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry

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James P. Comer is Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University and associate dean at the Yale School of Medicine. He received his AB from Indiana University, his MD from Howard University’s College of Medicine, and his MPH from University of Michigan. Between 1964 and 1967, he trained in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and its Child Study Center. He also completed one year of residency training at the Hillcrest Children's Center in Washington, DC. Comer has received many awards for his work, including 49 honorary degrees, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, the Healthtrac Foundation Prize, and the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. His publications include Beyond Black and White, Black Child Care, Maggie’s American Dream, School Power, and Waiting for a Miracle: Why Schools Can’t Solve Our Problems and How We Can. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. medicine.yale.edu/childstudy/communitypartnerships/comer

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