Jonathan S. Comer, Ph.D.

Jonathan S. Comer, Ph.D., Director

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Florida International University

Professional Biography

Dr. Comer is Director of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program, and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Florida International University. His program of research examines four areas of overlapping inquiry: (1) The assessment, phenomenology, and course of child anxiety disorders; (2) the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for childhood psychopathology, with particular focus on innovative methods to reduce systematic barriers to effective mental health care in the community; (3) the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism on youth; and (4) national patterns and trends in the utilization of mental health services and quality of care. To this end, Dr. Comer’s work investigates disordered, high-risk, and community populations, embracing a diversity of inquiry methods, ranging from randomized clinical experiments and quasi-experimental designs to nationally-representative epidemiological surveys, longitudinal designs, meta-analyses, and single-case designs.

Dr. Comer’s work has received current and past funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the Mental Health Initiative (MINT), and the Charles H. Hood Foundation. Dr. Comer’s work has been recognized through the receipt of several early career awards, including the President’s New Research Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Early Career Award from the ABCT Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group, and most recently Dr. Comer was named one of 2013’s “Rising Stars” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Comer-photoDr. Comer received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, and went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Developmental Psychopathology from Temple University. Dr. Comer completed his clinical psychology internship training in the Child and Adolescent Track of the NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program and the NYU Child Study Center, after which he completed an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Columbia University, where he also served as Chief Research Fellow in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Before joining Florida International University, Dr. Comer served as Co-Director of Research in the Child Program of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) of Boston University, where he founded and directed the Early Childhood Interventions Program.


Selected honors and awards

  • Named one of the Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) “Rising Stars” (2013)
  • President’s New Researcher Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) (2012)
  • Early Career Award, Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group, ABCT (2012)
  • Charles H. Hood Foundation, Child Health Research Award recipient (2012)
  • International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation grant recipient (2011)
  • NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention, & Services (CHIPS) Fellow (2009)
  • Mental Health Initiative (MINT) grant recipient (2008)
  • APA Division 53 (Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology) Dissertation Prize (2006)
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Trainee Award (2005)
  • Magna Cum Laude, University of Rochester (1999)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1999)


Recent and representative publications (from over 100 papers)

Comer, J.S., Bry, L., Poznanski, B., & Golik, A.M. (2016). Children’s mental health in the context of terrorist attacks, ongoing threats, and possibilities of future terrorism. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18, 79.

Cornacchio, D., Crum, K.I., Coxe, S., Pincus, D.B., & Comer, J.S. (2016). Irritability and severity of anxious symptomatology among youth with anxiety disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55, 54-61.

Comer, J.S., & Myers, K.M. (2016). Future directions in the use of telemental health to improve the accessibility and quality of children’s mental health services. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26, 296-300.

La Greca, A.M., Comer, J.S., & Lai, B. (2016). Commentary: Key issues, concluding thoughts, and future directions for the study of trauma and child health. Journal of Pediatric Pcolorful plastic toy blockssychology, 41, 149-158.

Gallo, K.P., Comer, J.S., Barlow, D.H., Clarke, R.N., & Antony, M.N. (2015). Direct-to-Consumer marketing of psychological treatments: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 994-998.

Comer, J.S. (2015). Introduction to the special section: Applying new technologies to extend the scope and accessibility of mental health care. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 253-257.

Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Cooper-Vince, C., Madigan, R.J., Chow, C., Chan, P.T., Idrobo, F., Chase, R.M., McNeil, C.B., & Eyberg, S.M. (2015). Rationale and considerations for the Internet-based delivery of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 302-316

Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Cooper-Vince, C., Madigan, R.J., Chow, C., Chan, P.T., Idrobo, F., Chase, R.M., McNeil, C.B., & Eyberg, S.M. (2015). Rationale and considerations for the Internet-based delivery of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 302-316

Comer, J.S., Dantowitz,A., Chou, T., Edson, A.L., Elkins, R.M.,Kerns, C.,Brown, B., Green, J.G. (2014). Adjustment among area youth after the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. Pediatrics, 134, 7-14.

Comer, J.S., & Barlow, D.H. (2014). The occasional case against broad dissemination and implementation: Retaining a role for specialty care in the delivery of psychological treatments. American Psychologist, 69, 6-18.

Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Cooper-Vince, C., Kerns, C., Chan, P.T., Edson, A.L., Khanna, M., Franklin, M.E., Garcia, A.M., & Freeman, J.B. (2014).  Internet-delivered, family-based treatment for early-onset OCD: A preliminary case series. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43, 74-87.

Thompson-Hollands, J., Edson, A., Tompson, M.C., & Comer, J.S. (2014). Family involvement in the psychological treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder: A meta-analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 287-298.


Comer, J.S., Kerns, C., Elkins, R.M., Edson, A.L., Chou, T., Dantowitz, A., Miguel, E., Brown, B., Coxe, S., & Green, J.G. (2014). Adjustment among children with relatives who participated in the manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 542-550.

Comer, J.S., Chow, C., Chan, P., Cooper-Vince, C., & Wilson, L.A.S. (2013). Psychosocial treatment efficacy for disruptive behavior problems in young children: A meta-analytic examination. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52, 26-36.

Barlow D.H., & Comer, J.S. (2013). What are the optimal treatment courses for geriatric anxiety, and how do we find out? American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 707-711.

Barlow, D.H., Bullis, J.R., Comer, J.S., & Armetaj, A.A. (2013). Evidence-based psychological treatments: An update and the way forward. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 1-27.

very high towerGallo, K.P., Comer, J.S., & Barlow, D.H. (2013). Direct-to-consumer marketing of psychological treatments for anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 793-801.

Comer, J.S., Gallo, K., Korathu-Larson, P.A., Pincus, D., & Brown, T.A. (2012). Specifying child anxiety disorders not otherwise specified in the DSM-IV. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 1004-1013.

Comer, J.S., Pincus, D.P., & Hofmann, S.G. (2012). Generalized anxiety disorder and the proposed associated symptoms criterion change for DSM-5 in a treatment-seeking sample of anxious youth. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 994-1003.

Comer, J.S., Puliafico, A.C., Aschenbrand, S.G, McKnight, K., Robin, J.A., Goldfine, M., & Albano, A.M. (2012). A pilot feasibility evaluation of the CALM Program for anxiety disorders in early childhood. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 40-49.

Comer, J.S., Mojtabai, R., & Olfson, M. (2011). National trends in the antipsychotic treatment of psychiatric outpatients with anxiety disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 1057-1065.

Comer, J.S., Blanco, C., Grant, B., Hasin, D., Liu, S.M., Turner, J.B., & Olfson, M. (2011). Health-related quality of life across the anxiety disorders: Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72, 43-50.

Comer, J.S., Olfson, M., & Mojtabai, R. (2010) National trends in child and adolescent psychotropic polypharmacy in office-based practice, 1996-2007. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49, 1001-1010.

Chart from LegoFurr, J.M., Comer, J.S., Edmunds, J., & Kendall, P.C. (2010). Disasters and youth: A meta-analytic examination of posttraumatic stress. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 765-780.

Comer, J.S., Fan, B., Duarte, C., Wu, P., Musa, G., Mandell, D., Albano, A.M., & Hoven, C. (2010). Attack-related life disruption and child psychopathology in New York City public schoolchildren 6-months post-9/11. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 460-469.

Comer, J.S., Roy, A.K., Furr, J.M., Gotimer, K., Beidas, R.S., Dugas, M.J., & Kendall, P.C. (2009). The Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale for Children: A psychometric evaluation. Psychological Assessment, 21, 402-411.

Kendall, P.C., Comer, J.S., Marker, C.D., Creed, T.A., Puliafico, A.C., Hughes, A.A., Martin, E., Suveg, C., & Hudson, J.L.  (2009). In-session exposure tasks and therapeutic alliance across the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 517-525.

Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Beidas, R.S., Weiner, C.L., Kendall, P.C. (2008). Children and terrorism-related news: Training parents in coping and media literacy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 568-578.

Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Beidas, R.S., Babyar, H., & Kendall, P.C. (2008). Media use and children’s perceptions of societal threat and personal vulnerability. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 622-630

Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2007). Terrorism: The psychological impact on youth. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 14, 179-212.

Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2005). High-end specificity of the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI) in a sample of anxiety-disordered youth. Depression and Anxiety, 22, 11-19.

Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2004) A symptom-level examination of parent-child agreement in the diagnosis of anxious youths. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 878-886.

Comer, J.S., Kendall, P.C., Franklin, M.E., Hudson, J.L., & Pimentel, S.S. (2004). Obsessing/worrying about the overlap between obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in youth. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 663-683.



Comer, J.S., & Kendall, P.C. (Eds.) (2013). Oxford Handbook of Research Strategies for Clinical Psychology. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.oxford handbook cover

Kendall, P.C., & Comer, J.S. (2010). Childhood Disorders: Second Edition. NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.