Ann Close PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center; Associate Director of the Yale Program in Early Childhood Education; Lecturer in Psychology

Research Interests

Child development; Child psychopathology; Developmental assessment and clinical evaluation; Mental health consultation; Early childhood education


Research Summary

Dr. Close is an educator and clinician. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children under age five. She teaches Yale College students and fellows in training at the Child Study Center. The topics of her courses include: child development, child psychopathology, developmental assessment and clinical evaluation, mental health consultation and early childhood education. She conducts developmental assessments of young children and does dynamically oriented psychotherapy with children. In addition she provides mental health consultation to early childhood education programs in the community. Dr. Close is a consultant to two parenting programs, Parents First and Minding the Baby. These programs have both a service and research component and focus on supporting parent child attachment and the development of the reflective function.

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Close is an educator and clinician. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children under age five. She teaches Yale College students and fellows in training at the Child Study Center. The topics of her courses include: child development, child psychopathology, developmental assessment and clinical evaluation, mental health consultation and early childhood education. She conducts developmental assessments of young children and does dynamically oriented psychotherapy with children. In addition she provides mental health consultation to early childhood education programs in the community. Dr. Close is a consultant to two parenting programs, Parents First and Minding the Baby. These programs have both a service and research component and focus on supporting parent child attachment and the development of the reflective function.


Selected Publications

  • Mayes, Linda and Gilliam, Walter (Eds.) Diagnostic Play Interview: Its Role in comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Volume 8 #2, April, 1999, 239-255.
  • Boston:Allyn and Bacon, 2001. Listening to Children: Talking with Young Children about Difficult Issues.

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