James P. Comer

James P. Comer, M.D. is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. He is known nationally and internationally for his creation in 1968 of the Comer School Development Program, (SDP), the forerunner of most modern school reform efforts. He is the author of ten books, including Maggie’s American Dream, and Leave No Child Behind and his most recent book, What I Learned in School: Reflections on Race, Child Development, and School Reform.  His pioneering work in school restructuring has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines and television reports; and published in many academic journals. He is a co-founder and past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America. He has served on the board of several universities, foundations, and corporations. He was a consultant to Children's Television Workshop and has served as a consultant, committee member, advisory board member and trustee to numerous local and national organizations serving children. He recently co-chaired an NCATE National Expert Panel on Increasing the Application of Developmental Sciences in Educator Preparation Programs.

Dr. Comer has received forty-seven honorary degrees, including three in 2008 from Harvard University, Lesley University, and Sacred Heart University. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including 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 most recently, the University of Louisville 2007 Grawemeyer Award for Education. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.