Linda C Mayes MD

Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology; Chair, Directorial Team Anna Freud Centre at London; Special Advisor, Dean

Biographical Info

Dr. Linda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center. After graduating from the University of the South in 1973, she received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University in 1977. Following an internship and residency in pediatrics, she spent two years as a fellow with Dr. Mildred Stahlman at Vanderbilt in the division of neonatology and worked in the area of developmental outcome of high-risk preterm infants. Dr. Mayes’s interest in the long-term impact of perinatal biological and psychosocial stressors developed during that fellowship and she came to Yale in 1982 to do a Robert Wood Johnson General Academic Pediatrics fellowship. In her Yale fellowship, she began a close collaboration with the department of psychology and Dr. William Kessen and with investigators in the Child Study Center including Dr. Donald Cohen. She joined the Center’s faculty in 1985 and established a laboratory for studying infant learning and attention. Subsequently, she also developed a neurophysiology laboratory for studies of the startle response and related indices of emotional regulation in children and adolescents and currently oversees the Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory that includes dense array electroencephalography as a method for studying brain activity in real time.

International Activity

  • Children in Orphanages
    Professor Mayes collaborates with Dr. Vladislav Ruchkin on studies of young children in Russian orphanages.
  • Orphanages
    Professor Mayes conducts collaborative research with a colleague at Hebrew University on studies of children in Eastern European orphanages.
  • Substance Abuse and Parenting
    Professor Mayes is involved in a study in Finland concerning the impact of substance abuse on parenting capacities.
  • Child mental health centre research on child mental health interventions
    London, United Kingdom(2003)
    Chairman, Directorial Team of the Anna Freud Centre and Visiting Professor, University College London
  • Parenting
    Professor Mayes collaborates with a colleague at Bar-ilan University on cross-cultural studies of parenting among high-risk families.

Education & Training

Vanderbilt University (1977)
Vanderbilt University, Pediatrics (1978 - 1980)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Neonatology (1980 - 1982)
Robert Wood Johnson Fellow
Yale University School of Medicine, Pediatrics (1982 - 1984)
Postdoctoral fellow
Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center (1984 - 1985)
Research Fellow
Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis
Board Certification
Pediatrics, Board Certified  (1981)

Honors & Recognition

  • Doctor of Science (honoris causa)
    University of the South (1994)

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