Ronald J. Comer
Jonathan S. Comer
(Florida International University)
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Chapter 6: Abnormal Psychology
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Ronald Comer has been a professor in Princeton University’s Department of Psychology for the past 43 years, serving also as director of Clinical Psychology Studies and as chair of the university’s Institutional Review Board. He has recently transitioned to emeritus status at the university. He has received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton, where his various courses in abnormal psychology have been among the university’s most popular.
Professor Comer is also Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a practicing clinical psychologist and a consultant to Eden Autism Services and to hospitals and family practice residency programs throughout New Jersey.
In addition to writing the textbooks Abnormal Psychology (10th edition), Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology (8th edition), Psychology Around Us (2nd edition), and Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology (2nd edition), Professor Comer has published a range of journal articles and produced numerous widely-used educational video programs, including The Higher Education Video Library Series and the Video Anthology for Abnormal Psychology.
Professor Comer was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate student at Clark University. He currently lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, with his wife, Marlene. From there he can keep a close eye on the often-frustrating Philadelphia sports teams with whom he grew up.
Jonathan Comer is a professor of psychology at Florida International University, where he also directs the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program. He is President-Elect of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association) and a leader in the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology. The author of 130 scientific papers and chapters, he has received career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies for his research on innovative treatment methods, childhood anxiety and disruptive behaviors, and the impact of traumatic stress, disasters, and terrorism on children. His current work also focuses on ties between psychopathology, neurocircuitry, and the intergenerational transmission of psychological problems.
In addition to the textbook Abnormal Psychology (10th edition), Professor Comer has authored the textbook Childhood Disorders (2nd edition) and edited The Oxford Handbook of Research Strategies for Clinical Psychology, among other books. He serves as Associate Editor of the journal Behavior Therapy and is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. He is also a practicing clinical psychologist.
Professor Comer was an undergraduate at the University of Rochester and a graduate student at Temple University. He currently lives in South Florida, with his wife, Jami, and their children Delia and Emmett. He loves music – both playing and listening – and enjoys keeping an eye on the often-frustrating Philadelphia sports teams that his father taught him to love/hate.
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