Jonathan S. Comer, PhD

Photo of Jonathan ComerResearch Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • Director, Early Childhood Interventions Program
  • Co-Director of Research, Child Program (CARD)

Biographical Information

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 he 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.

Research Interests

Dr. Comer serves as Director of the Early Childhood Interventions Program, an interdisciplinary clinical research laboratory in the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders devoted to expanding the quality and accessibility of mental health care for very young children. Dr. Comer’s 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
  5. Psychosocial treatment options for mood, anxiety, and disruptive behavior problems presenting in early childhood

Selected Publications

  • Comer, J.S., Pincus, D.B., & Hofmann, S.G. (in press). Generalized anxiety disorder and the proposed associated symptoms criterion change for DSM-5 in a treatment-seeking sample of anxious youth. Depression and Anxiety.
  • Comer, J.S., Gallo, K., Korathu-Larson, P.A., Pincus, D., & Brown, T.A. (in press). Specifying child anxiety disorders not otherwise specified in the DSM-IV. Depression and Anxiety.
  • Puliafico, A.C., Comer, J.S., & Albano, A.M. (in press). Coaching Approach behavior and Leading by Modeling: Rationale, principles, and a case illustration of the CALM Program for anxious preschoolers. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  • Marker, C.D., Comer, J.S., Abramova, V., & Kendall, P.C. (in press). The reciprocal relationship between alliance and symptom improvement across the treatment of childhood anxiety. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
  • Comer, J.S., Mojtaba, R., &  Olfson, M.  (2011) National trends in the antipsychotic treatment of psychiatric outpatients with anxiety disorders.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 1057-1065.
  • Comer, J.S., Puliafico, A.C., Aschenbrand, S.G., Goldfine, M., McKnight, K., Robin, J.A., & Albano, A.M.  (2012).  A pilot feasibility evaluation of the CALM Program for anxiety disorders in early childhood.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 40-49.
  • Comer, J.S., Blanco, C., Grant, B., Hasin, D., Liu, S.M., Turner, J.B., & Olfson, M. (2011). Health-related quality of life across the anxiety disorders. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72, 43-50.
  • Comer, J.S., Olfson, M., & Mojtaba, R.  (2010).  National trends in child and adolescent psychotropic polypharmacy in office-based practice, 1996-2007.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49, 1001-1010.
  • Comer, J.S., Fan, B., Duarte, C., Wu, P., Musa, G., Mandell, D., Albano, A.M., & Hoven, C. (2010). Attack-related life disruption and child psychopathology in New York City public schoolchildren 6-months post-9/11. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 460-469.
  • Furr, J.M., Comer, J.S., Edmunds, J., & Kendall, P.C.  (2010).  Disasters and youth:  A meta-analaytic examination of posttraumatic stress.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 765-780.
  • Comer, J.S., Roy, A.K., Furr, J.M., Gotimer, K., Beidas, R.S., Dugas, M.J., & Kendall, P.C. (2009). The Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale for Children: A psychometric evaluation. Psychological Assessment, 21, 402-411.
  • Kendall, P.C., Comer, J.S., Marker, C.D., Creed, T.A., Puliafico, A.C., Hughes, A.A., Martin, E., Suveg, C., & Hudson, J.L.  (2009). In-session exposure tasks and therapeutic alliance across the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 517-525.
  • Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Beidas, R.S., Weiner, C.L., Kendall, P.C. (2008). Children and terrorism-related news: Training parents in coping and media literacy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 568-578.
  • Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Beidas, R.S., Babyar, H., & Kendall, P.C. (2008). Media use and children’s perceptions of societal threat and personal vulnerability. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 622-630
  • Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2007). Terrorism: The psychological impact on youth. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 14, 179-212.
  • Puliafico, A.C., Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2007). Social phobia in youth: The diagnostic utility of feared social situations. Psychological Assessment, 19, 152-158.
  • Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2005). High-end specificity of the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI) in a sample of anxiety-disordered youth. Depression and Anxiety, 22, 11-19.
  • Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2004) A symptom-level examination of parent-child agreement in the diagnosis of anxious youths. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 878-886.
  • Comer, J.S., Kendall, P.C., Franklin, M.E., Hudson, J.L., & Pimentel, S.S. (2004). Obsessing/worrying about the overlap between obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in youth. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 663-683.

Books and Manuals

  • Comer, J.S., & Kendall, J.S. (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Research Strategies for Clinical Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Kendall, P.C., & Comer, J.S. (2010). Childhood Disorders: Second Edition. NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Puliafico, A.C., Comer, J.S., & Albano, A.M. (2008). Coaching Approach behavior and Leading by Modeling: The CALM Program for anxious preschoolers. New York, NY: Columbia University.
  • Kurtz, S.M., Comer, J.S., & Masty, J. (2007). Selective Mutism Interaction Coding System-Revised (SMICS-R). New York, NY: New York University.


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