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James Leckman, MD, PhD

Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Patient type treated
Child, Adult
Accepting new patients
Referral required
From patients or physicians
Board Certified in
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry


James F. Leckman, M.D. is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale. Dr. Leckman is a well-known child psychiatrist and patient-oriented clinical investigator. For more than 20 years, he served as the Director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center.

His peers have regularly selected him as one of the "Best Doctors in America." Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 500 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, twelve books, and 140 book chapters. Dr. Leckman has a longstanding interest in Tourette syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. His research on these disorders is multifaceted from phenomenology and natural history, to neurobiology to genetics, to risk factor research and treatment studies. One area of active research interest concerns the role of the immune system in the pathobiology of Tourette syndrome and other neuropsychiatric disorders. 

He has also become actively involved in international projects focused on the importance of early childhood development interventions as a path to a more peaceful world.


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

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of São Paulo, Clinical Science (2014)
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (1981)
  • Resident
    Connecticut Mental Health Center (1979)
  • Postdoctoral training
    National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Program, Psychiatric Genetics (1976)
  • MD
    University of New Mexico (1973)
  • BA
    College of Wooster (1969)

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