Jonathan S. Comer, Ph.D.

Title
Adjunct Associate Professor
Office
648 Beacon Street
Email
jcomer@bu.edu

Dr. Comer directs the Early Childhood Interventions Program, an interdisciplinary clinical research laboratory devoted to expanding the quality and accessibility of mental health care for very young children. His program of research examines five areas of overlapping inquiry:  (1) The assessment, phenomenology, and course of child anxiety disorders; (2) the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for childhood psychopathology, with particular focus on the development of innovative methods to reduce systematic barriers to effective mental health care in the community; (3) the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism on youth; (4) national patterns and trends in the utilization of mental health services and quality of care; and (5) psychosocial treatment options for mood, anxiety, and disruptive behavior problems presenting in early childhood. Dr. Comer received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, and went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Developmental Psychopathology from Temple University. Dr. Comer completed his clinical psychology internship training in the Child and Adolescent Track of the NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program and the NYU Child Study Center, after which we completed an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Columbia University, where he also served as Chief Research Fellow in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Comer is currently Principal Investigator on several clinical trials evaluating new technologies and their potential for expanding the scope of children’s mental health care. His work has received current and past funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the Mental Health Initiative (MINT), and the Charles H. Hood Foundation.