Comer receives AACAP's Sidney Berman Award for study of learning disorders

In recognition of his excellence in the study and treatment of learning disorders and work in school settings, Yale School Development Program (SDP) founder Dr. James P. Comer has received the 2014 Sidney Berman Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

“I am greatly honored to be selected for this award,” said Comer, the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center. “Applying the principles of child and adolescent development to education, prevention, and the promotion of good mental health has been the central work of my career; and a source of great satisfaction. It is wonderful to be honored for what I enjoy doing so much.”

Comer received the award at AACAP’s 61st Annual Meeting, where he presented a talk titled “Child and Adolescent Development: The Missing Foundation Piece in Education.” Dr. Comer is recognized worldwide for his groundbreaking research and success in transforming the school/classroom into a learning environment that improves the social, academic and behavioral outcomes for students. By providing the organizational, management and communication framework for planning and managing all school activities, the Comer School Development Program results in a positive school and classroom climate, builds positive relationships and supports an instructional focus.

Albert Abramson, President of the Abramson Family Foundation, established The Berman Fund for the Study and Treatment of Learning Disabilities and Mental Illness to honor Dr. Sidney Berman for his dedication to child and adolescent psychiatry and research on learning disabilities. A founding member of AACAP, Dr. Berman was the President of AACAP from 1969-1971.

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