James Frederick Leckman, MD, PhD

Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics and of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Women & Child Health

Middle East Studies

Child Study Center: Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training | Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program | Family, Genetic and Molecular Research | NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders | Tourette’s Syndrome & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Office of International Medical Student Education

Office of Student Research

Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration

Psychiatry: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research Clinic

Yale Medical Group


James F. Leckman, M.D. is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale. He served as the Director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center from 1983 to 2010. Dr. Leckman is a well known child psychiatrist and patient-oriented clinical investigator. His peers have regularly selected him as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 300 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, seven books, and 120 book chapters. In 2002, he was identified by American Society for Information, Science and Technology as a “Highly Cited Researcher” - one of the world's most cited authors in Psychology and Psychiatry – in the top half of the top one percent of all publishing researchers.

In 1999, he edited with Dr. Donald J. Cohen, Tourette's Syndrome: Tics, Obsessions, Compulsions - Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Care, published by John Wiley&Sons. Given its success, this volume was re-issued in paper back in the fall of 2001. More recently, Dr. Leckman edited (along with Andres Martin, Lawrence Scahill and Dennis Charney) a 56-chapter volume, entitled, Pediatric Psychopharmacology: Principles and Practice published in October of 2002 by Oxford University Press. In November 2002, an invited review article on Tourette’s syndrome appeared in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. Other recent editorials have appeared in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2011), Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2011), Neuropsychopharmacology (2011), and the British Medical Journal (2012).

Most recently, in partnership with colleagues at UNICEF and the Mother-Child Education Foundation based in Turkey, Dr. Leckman has begun to explore the question whether strengthening families and enhancing child development is a path to peace and violence prevention. Related efforts include the Early Childhood Peace Consortium that was launched (September 2013) in New York in at the United Nations and the 15th Ernst Strüngmann Forum that took place in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2013. The deliberations of 40 international experts from a broad range of scientific disciplines are summarized in volume entitled, Formative Childhoods: The Transformative Power of Children and Families, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press in 2014. More information is available at: http://childstudycenter.yale.edu/international/peace/index.aspx.

Education & Training

PhD University of São Paulo, Clinical Science (2014)
MD University of New Mexico (1973)
BA College of Wooster (1969)
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Resident Connecticut Mental Health Center
Postdoctoral training National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Program, Psychiatric Genetics

Honors & Recognition

  • Transformative Research AwardNational Institutes of Health (2011)

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Contact Info

James Frederick Leckman, MD, PhD
Patient Care Location
Nieson Irving Harris Building
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address
Yale Child Study CenterPO Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06520-7900

Curriculum Vitae

Empowerment & Resilience in Children Everywhere (ERICE)

Formative Childhood and Peace Building

Research Training Program Childhood Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Solnit Research Training Program

TS/OCD Research Program