NEW HAVEN, CT, December 10, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present James F. Leckman, MD, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Leckman celebrates many years of experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all marquis who's who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Leckman began his academic career at the College of Wooster. He graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then went on to study at the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico, completing a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1973. More recently, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2014. Based on his academic achievements he was invited to join the local chapters of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society at the College of Wooster and the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society at the University of New Mexico. Subsequently, he has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni from both the College of Wooster and the University of New Mexico. Following medical school, he completed a straight medical internship at the Public Health Service Hospital in San Francisco. He then went on to complete two years of postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health m Bethesda, Maryland. After completing his residency and fellowship training in adult and child psychiatry at Yale University, he was invited to join the faculty at the Yale Child Study Center in 1980.
With more than 40 years of professional experience. Dr. Leckman is currently the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Yale University. As a clinician and scholar, Dr. Leckman is best known for work on Tourette syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His research on these disorders is well known and multifaceted from phenomenology and natural history, to genetics and neurobiology (neuroimaging, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology), to risk factor research (perinatal factors are important), and to treatment studies. With his colleagues he has authored or co-authored more than 450 articles published in peerreviewed journals and 140 book chapters. His h-index (average citations per article) is remarkably high at 105. As a principal investigator, he has received more than 33 million dollars of grant support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke. Additional grant support has come from the Tourette Syndrome Association, the Tourette Association of America, the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, the National Center for Research Resources, the Yale School of Medicine, the National Institute of Health Research in the United Kingdom, the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, and the Fetzer Institute. He has edited multiple special issues of academic journals and he has joined with his colleagues to serve as an editor for several of the leading textbooks in his field including: Tourette Syndrome, Oxford University Press, 2013; Rutter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 6th edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2015; and Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Psychiatry, 2nd and 3rd editions, McGraw-Hill, 2008 & 2018.
Based on his work on OCD, Dr. Leckman has also been drawn to study normal patterns of evolutionarily conserved obsessive-compulsive behavior. A major focus has been on parenting behaviors and the role of the bio-behavioral systems that closely interconnect our stress response system with the neural and hornonal pathways that underlie interpersonal attachment and bonding. Studies have included longitudinal brain imagining and neuroendocrine studies of new parents. Most recently, in partnership with colleagues at UNICEF and the Mother-Child Education Foundation based in Turkey, as well as scholars and practitioners from Brazil, Colombia, Northern Ireland, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Egypt, Mali, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Dr. Leckman has begun to explore the question whether strengthening families and enhancing child development is a path to peace and violence prevention. Related efforts include the Early Childhood Peace Consortium that was launched (September 2013) in New York at the United Nations and the 15th Ernst Strüngmann Forum that took place in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2013. The deliberations of 40 international experts from a broad range of scientific disciplines are summarized in a volume entitled, Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families, published by the Massachusetts Institite of Technology Press in 2014. He is honored to continue to serve on the executive committee of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium and to contribute to its efforts to join forces with the international community by creating a global movement to build more peaceful homes and societies. Most recently, the G20 Initiative for Early Childhood Development is a major advance for the world as a whole. We must all become global citizens https://ecdpeace.org/ecpc-pledge-action.
Other highlights of Dr. Leckman's career include: (1) serving as the Director of Research at the Yale Child Study Center for nearly 30 years - beginning in 1983; (2) founding the Donald J. Cohen Medical Student Fellowship Program in 2001; and (3) founding the Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program in 2004. In each of these roles he has been honored to serve as mentor and to learn from his mentees and his patients. The Cohen Medical Student Fellowship Program is now part of the Klingenstein Medical Student Program that is currently present in 15 medical schools across the United States. The ongoing Solnit Integrated Training Program is 6-year interdisciplinary residency program that includes an internship in pediatrics as well as training in child and adult psychiatry. It also includes substantial research time for trainees. The Solnit program has two positions open each year and more than 500 outstanding applicants apply each year. The goal is to select individuals committed to providing the best clinical care to patients and their families as well as becoming leading researchers. He has been honored to have been selected as an outstanding mentor by both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (on six occasions from 1990 to 2005) and the American Psychiatric Association in 2009.
Dr. Leckman has also served as a member of the editorial boards for a number of leading scientific journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Acta Paedopsychiatrica, Development and Psychopathology, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Anxiety, Neuropsychopharmacology, Depression and Anxiety, Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, Journal of Neural Transmission, Child Psychiatry and Human Development, and Advances in Cognitive Science. He is also honored to serve on a number of advisory boards including: the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, now renamed the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, The World Childhood Foundation, Fondazione Child, Empowerment and Resilience for Children Everywhere, Empathy for Peace, How I Decide, and the National Organization of Rare Diseases.
Throughout his career, Dr. Leckman has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions. These include the Blanche E. Ittleson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association (1995); the Ruane Prize, for an outstanding scientist carrying out research on the causes, pathophysiology, treatment, or prevention of severe child psychiatric illness from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (2007); the Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for a Distinguished Career Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association (2015); the Lifetime Achievement Award, the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (2016); the Tourettes Action Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Contributions to Patient Groups (2016); and a Lifetime Service Award, Yale Child Study Center (2018).
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Leckman has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor
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