James C McPartland, PhD

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and Assistant Professor 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: Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training | Developmental Electrophysiology Lab | McPartland Lab | NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group


James C. McPartland, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center. He graduated magna cum laude in Psychology from Harvard University and received a doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. He completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical fellowships focusing on autism and related disorders at Yale and 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 offers an undergraduate seminar focused on autism spectrum disorder. Dr. McPartland’s program of research investigates the brain bases of neurodevelopmental disabilities to develop biologically-based tools for detection and treatment. His research is supported by NIMH, NARSAD, the Autism Science Foundation, the Waterloo Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Patterson Trust, and the Simons Foundation, and his contributions to the field have been recognized by the University of Washington’s Bolles and Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowships, a Clinical and Translational Sciences Scholar Award from the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, a Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition and a Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health, 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 American Psychological Association Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research Award. Dr. McPartland has published 4 books and over 70 scholarly works on autism and related topics. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disability and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He has served on the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and is currently the Treasurer of the International Society for Autism Research.

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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Contact Info

James C McPartland, PhD
Lab Location
McPartland LabNieson Irving Harris Building
230 South Frontage Road, Ste 100A

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

New Haven, CT 06520-7900

Curriculum Vitae

McPartland Lab

Yale Autism Program