Dr. James Comer, the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center, is honorary co-chair of the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development. In 1968, he founded the Comer School Development Program, which promotes the collaboration of parents, educators and community to improve social, emotional and academic outcomes for children.

In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Comer to the presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Comer received his medical degree from Howard University and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

March 4, 2019

Why Education Needs a 'Whole Child' Approach

The research is clear: Supporting social and emotional development improves academic achievement and behavior.