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Yale Child Study Center Associates

For over 40 years, the Yale Child Study Center Associates have provided ideas, perspectives, vision, and resources to YCSC leadership. The Associates consist of individuals and foundation trustees who share in the concerns of the Center and form a social and intellectual network to advise and support YCSC work and events. Each year in the fall, the Annual Associates Meeting brings together this group to meet and engage in presentations focused on the multi-faceted mission of the YCSC. These sessions, historically provided in-person, shifted to a virtual format in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, a virtual poster session, supplemental videos, and recordings of the live sessions have been made available on-line.

The YCSC Executive Council, a subset of the larger group of Associates, serves as a volunteer leadership group for the Center, bringing together a group of informed, influential, and philanthropic individuals with a deep personal commitment to advancing the YCSC strategic vision. Executive Council members provide advice to the chair on strategy and program development, enhance the Center’s visibility in the scientific, non-profit, and philanthropic communities; and build wider networks of support and intellectual capital for the Center. The Council meets twice per year, serving as a forum for practical information on YCSC advancements, on which Council members provide input and share with others in their role as advocates and advisors.

In 2022, a new series of webinars for YCSC Associates was launched. The first was held on February 23, 2022 as a virtual “fireside chat” on Babies and Autism: Advances in Research and Clinical Care” with YCSC faculty members Kasia Chawarska, PhD; Suzanne Macari, PhD; and Kelly Powell, PhD. The second session, A better start: Building a brighter future for perinatal mental health at the Child Study Center was held on Monday, April 25, 2022 with faculty members Amanda Lowell, PhD; Kieran O’Donnell, PhD; and Helena Rutherford, PhD. Both recordings are now available to review, and a third session will be offered the Fall of 2022.