James C McPartland PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychology; Associate Director, Developmental Electrophysiology Lab; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale Child Study Center; Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Biographical Info

James McPartland is Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Director of the Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University in 1996 and received a doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2005, studying with Dr. Geraldine Dawson. Under the mentorship of Drs. Ami Klin and Fred Volkmar, he completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical fellowships focusing on autism and related disorders and is a licensed child psychologist. He offers an undergraduate seminar addressing topics in autism and providing students with first-hand clinical experiences with local service providers. Dr. McPartland’s program of research investigates the clinical neuroscience of neurodevelopmental disabilities. The objectives of his lab's work are to develop biologically-based tools for the detection and treatment of developmental disorders. His research is supported by NIMH, NARSAD, the Waterloo Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Patterson Trust, and the Simons Foundation, and his contributions to the field have been recognized by the University of Washington’s Bolles and Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowships, a Clinical and Translational Sciences Scholar Award from the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, a Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition and a Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the NARSAD Atherton Young Investigator Award, the International Society for Autism Research Young Investigator Award, the Patterson Trust Clinical Research Award, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Klerman Prize. Dr. McPartland is the author of 2 books and over 45 scholarly works on autism and related topics. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disability, Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and reviews manuscripts for more than 20 journals in the fields of clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience. He serves on the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and is the Treasurer of the International Society for Autism Research.

Education & Training

Harvard University (1996)
University of Washington (2005)
Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT, Psychology, Autism
Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT, Psychology, Autism (2005 - 2006)

Honors & Recognition

  • Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition
    NIMH (2007)
  • CTSA Scholar Award
    Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (2007)
  • Harvard College Scholarship
    Harvard University (1996)
  • Young Investigator Award
    International Society for Autism Research (2012)
  • Patterson Trust Clinical Research Award
    Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust (2013)
  • Young Investigator Award
    NARSAD (2009)
  • Bolles Fellowship
    University of Washington (2004)
  • Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research
    Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2013)
  • Career Development Award
    NIMH (2010)
  • Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship
    University of Washington (2004)
  • Atherton Family Investigator
    NARSAD (2010)

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