James F. Leckman

James Frederick Leckman, M.D., is a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst[1] and the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine,[2] recognized for his research in Tourette syndrome (TS) and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD).

Personal life and education[edit]

Leckman obtained degrees in chemistry and philosophy from the College of Wooster in 1969,[1] and his MD from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1973.[3]

Leckman is married to Hannah Hone Leckman; they have two children.[3]


After interning in San Francisco[3] at the United States Public Health Service Marine Hospital for two years (1973–74), Leckman worked at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in adult psychiatry (1974–76), before completing his residency in psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine in 1979.[1]

At Yale since 1979, he took several sabbaticals to study elsewhere, including a 1998 study of animal behavior at the University of Cambridge.[1] He was Director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center (1983–2010),[2] where his interests include the study of the interplay between genetic and epigenetic factors in human development and Darwinism in psychopathology.[3]

According to a profile of featured researchers by the Mental Health Research Association (NARSAD):

Very few people have the clinical, research and teaching experience, the empathy for the human condition, and the curiosity Dr. Leckman has to explore such a fundamental question as human attachment. He is a world-renowned child psychiatrist and patient-oriented clinical investigator with unique expertise in the evaluation of Tourette's syndrome and early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder.[1]

Appointments, awards, affiliations and recognition[edit]

Leckman serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry[4] and served as a deputy editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology.[3]

Leckman is frequently named as one of America's best doctors by peers,[1] and has received the following awards and recognition:


As of 2005, Leckman had authored or co-authored more than 250 professional articles, 115 book chapters,[1] and was the author of seven books as of 2012.[2] In 2002, he was named a "Highly Cited Researcher" by the American Society for Information Science and Technology.[2]

His books include:

  • Tourette's Syndrome -- Tics, Obsessions, Compulsions: Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Care, ISBN 978-0471113751
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology: Principles and Practice, ISBN 978-0195141733
  • Tourette's Syndrome and Tic Disorders: Clinical Understanding and Treatment, ISBN 978-0471629245


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Eisner, Robin (December 15, 2005). "Reveling in the ties that bind us: A profile of James F. Leckman, M.D." NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association. Archived from the original on July 9, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "James Frederick Leckman, MD". Yale School of Medicine. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Distinguished Alumni Award - James. F. Leckman '69". The College of Wooster. June 2001. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry: Editorial information". Wiley Blackwell. Retrieved April 15, 2012.[permanent dead link]