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Harris, James C., M.D.

Director, Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Main Office Address

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Bloomberg Children’s Center, 12th Floor
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: 410-614-2401
Fax: 410-955-8691


Administrative Assistant

MarthAnn Davis
Phone: 410-955-1925

Education and Government Service



University of Maryland



George Washington University


Pediatrics Internship

University of SouthernCalifornia-Children's Hospital


Pediatric Residency

University Rochester, Johns Hopkins


Psychiatry Residency

Johns Hopkins Hospital


Child Psychiatry Fellowship

Child Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital


Military Service


Professional Interests

Developmental Neuropsychiatry. I have a single authored textbook written to establish this field as subspecialty in psychiatry. The book (2 volumes) was chosen medical book of the year among 2500 medical books in 76 specialties in the year of publication. My research focus in on behavioral phenotypes in neurogenetic disorder. I have received NIH support through an R-01 to study Lesch-Nyhan disease. Psychopharmacology in Neurodevelopmental disorders is another area of research interest. I am a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. I am cover editor for the Archives of General Psychiatry for the Art and Images section and choose the cover each month and write a commentary about a psychiatric theme represented in this work. In the general department I teach a course on personality that focuses on the work of Adolph Meyer,  Erik Erikson, John  Bowlby and Carl Jung. I write the psychiatry section for the Oski Textbook of Pediatrics (now in the third edition) and the section of purine and pyrimidines for the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.

Selected Publications

Harris J, Allen R. Is excessive daytime sleepiness characteristic of Prader-Willi syndrome? Effects of Weight change. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 150:1288-1293, 1996

Wong DF, Harris JC, Naidu S,et al. Dopamine transporters are markedly reduced in Lesch Nyhan disease in vivo. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 93:5539-5543, 1996

Harris JC, Lee RR, Jinnah HA, Wong DF, Yaster M, Bryan RN. Craniocerebral magnetic resonance imaging measurement and findings in Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. Archives of Neurology 55:547-553, 1998.

Harris JC Behavioral phenotypes of neurodevelomental  disorders: portals into the developing brain. In Davis,KL Coyle,JT, Charney,D and Nemeroff C. (eds.), Psychopharmacology: the Fifth Generation of Progress, American College of Psychopharmacology, Nashville, TN, 2001.

Harris J (1998). Developmental Neuropsychiatry. Volume 1: Developmental Neuropsychiatry. Volume 1: Fundamentals of Developmental Neuropsychiatry.  Volume 2: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of the developmental disorders. Oxford University Press, New York (single author)

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