James McPartland, PhD

Associate 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

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Developmental Electrophysiology Lab | McPartland Lab | Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience: Neural Disorders

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


James C. McPartland, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. He is a licensed child psychologist and Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Child Study Center and teaches an undergraduate seminar on autism spectrum disorder. Dr. McPartland’s program of research investigates the brain bases of neurodevelopmental disabilities to develop biologically-based tools to improve detection and treatment. His research has been continuously supported since 2007 by both federal (NIMH, NICHD, NINDS; R21, R03, K23, R01, U19) and private research grants (NARSAD, the Autism Science Foundation, the Waterloo Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Patterson Trust, the Simons Foundation, the Nancy Taylor Foundation, the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, the Hilibrand Foundation). He is the Principal Investigator of the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials, a US-based effort to identify biomarkers to support intervention research in autism. His contributions to the field have been recognized by multiple awards, including the NARSAD Atherton Young Investigator Award, the International Society for Autism Research Young Investigator Award, the Patterson Trust Clinical Research Award, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Klerman Prize, and the APA Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research Award. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder and has published 5 books and over 120 scholarly works on autism and related topics. He has served on the executive boards of the International Society for Autism Research and the APA Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, and the Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders.  

Education & Training

PhD University of Washington (2005)
BA Harvard University (1996)
Intern Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
Postdoc Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT, Psychology, Autism

Honors & Recognition

  • American Psychological Association Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research AwardAmerican Psychological Association (2014)

  • Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical ResearchBrain & Behavior Research Foundation (2013)

  • Patterson Trust Clinical Research AwardRobert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust (2013)

  • Young Investigator AwardInternational Society for Autism Research (2012)

  • Atherton Family InvestigatorNARSAD (2010)

  • Career Development AwardNIMH (2010)

  • Young Investigator AwardNARSAD (2009)

  • Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid TransitionNIMH (2007)

  • CTSA Scholar AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigation (2007)

  • Bolles FellowshipUniversity of Washington (2004)

  • Gatzert Child Welfare FellowshipUniversity of Washington (2004)

  • Harvard College ScholarshipHarvard University (1996)

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