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James McPartland, PhD

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center; Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale Child Study Center; Co-Director of Team Science, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI)

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James McPartland, PhD

Patient Care Locations

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Mailing Address

  • Child Study Center

    PO Box 207900, 230 South Frontage Road

    New Haven, CT 06520-7900

    United States



James C. McPartland, Ph.D., is 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 conditions to develop biologically-based tools to improve detection and treatment. His research has been continuously supported since 2007 by both federal (NIMH, NICHD, NINDS, NIDCD; 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 and the Association for Psychological Science and has published 5 books and over 170 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 on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the Encyclopedia of Autism and Related Disorders.

Education & Training

  • Intern
    Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT (2006)
  • PhD
    University of Washington (2005)
  • Postdoc
    Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT, Psychology, Autism (2005)
  • BA
    Harvard University (1996)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAssociation for Psychological Science2020
FellowAmerican Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology2019
FellowAmerican Psychological Association, Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder2016
American Psychological Association Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research AwardAmerican Psychological Association2014
Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical ResearchBrain & Behavior Research Foundation2013
Patterson Trust Clinical Research AwardRobert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust2013
Young Investigator AwardInternational Society for Autism Research2012
Atherton Family InvestigatorNARSAD2010
Career Development AwardNIMH2010
Young Investigator AwardNARSAD2009
Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid TransitionNIMH2007
CTSA Scholar AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigation2007
Bolles FellowshipUniversity of Washington2004
Gatzert Child Welfare FellowshipUniversity of Washington2004
Harvard College ScholarshipHarvard University1996

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