FIU psychologist Dr. Jonathan Comer appointed president of Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12)
Dr. Comer is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Florida International University, where he directs the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program, an interdisciplinary clinical research program devoted to expanding the quality, scope and accessibility of quality mental health care. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society of Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Comer’s program of work examines four areas of overlapping inquiry. First, his research evaluates mental health treatments and services, with particular focus on the development of innovative methods to reduce systematic barriers to effective care. To this end, he conducts research examining the role of new technologies—such as videoconferencing and mobile platforms—for meaningfully expanding the reach of mental health care. He also uses epidemiologic datasets to document problems in the quality of mental health services and geographic disparities in care. Second, his work examines the assessment, phenomenology, and course of anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and traumatic stress disorders, with particular focus on early-onset problems. Third, his work examines the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism on children and families. He has published extensively on children affected by the 9/11 terror attacks and on children affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, and he served as a consultant throughout the federal trial of United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Fourth, in recent years, Dr. Comer’s work has expanded to consider biological markers of child psychopathology and neurocircuitry patterns associated with the intergenerational transmission of internalizing problems.