Joan Kaufman PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center; Co-Director, Zigler Center Child Welfare Unit

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy; NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program | Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center; VA National Center for PTSD


Joan Kaufman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) Program within the Department. The C.A.R.E. Program is dedicated to work with maltreated children and their families. The research foci of the C.A.R.E. program are broad and span from neurobiology to social policy.


  • B.A., Tufts University , 1981
  • Ph.D., Yale University , 1990

Selected Publication

  • Kaufman, J., Yang, B.Z., Douglas-Palumberi, H., Houshyar, S., Lipschitz, D. Krystal, J.H., & Gelernter, J. (2004). Social Supports and Serotonin Transporter Gene Moderate Depression in Maltreated Children. Proceeding National Academy of Science; 101: 17316-17321.
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