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Education & Training

The Yale Child Study Center is a department in the School of Medicine that investigates human development to understand the mental health of children and families. Intrinsically multi-disciplinary, we draw on child psychiatry, pediatrics, genetics, neurobiology, epidemiology, psychology, nursing, social work, social policy, and many other areas of expertise. We are unique in our scope of research, clinical services, training programs, policy work, and local, state, national, and international collaborations. The strengths of the Yale Child Study Center are the breadth and integrative nature of research, clinical services and training.

All of the training programs at the Yale Child Study Center share the common goal of providing an understanding of the process of adaptive and maladaptive development in children and their families. This understanding is gained through supervised clinical interventions with children and families, didactic experiences focusing on normal and abnormal development, and involvement in research initiatives designed to increase knowledge and inform clinical decision-making.

  • We offer undergraduate classes, internships, and post-BA research opportunities.

  • Our Graduate Program offers a wealth of expertise and exposure to multiple disciplines and methodologies, to prepare our students for a wide variety of paths in working with children and families.
  • Advanced Graduate training in Psychology, Social Work, and postdoctoral fellowships offer a range of clinical and research opportunities.

  • Training in psychiatry that combines research, a didactic curriculum, and clinical experiences that include exposure to children on the entire continuum of normal to abnormal development, a wide range of ages, and a range of cultural backgrounds for diagnostic assessment and treatment.
  • We bring our expertise to a variety of professionals who serve children and families. We have specialized trainings for K-12 educators and administrators, police officers and chiefs, city officials, and a wide range of clinicians and therapists. 

  • Grand Rounds (Hybrid)

    Tuesdays from 1 - 2pm in the Donald J. Cohen Auditorium and on Zoom.

  • Conferences and Symposiums

    The Yale Child Study Center hosts several annual conferences, on a wide range of topics. 

  • Child Study Center Postdoc Seminar Series

    A monthly forum that aims to foster collaboration among fellows and trainees across disciplines and departments. Sessions are usually on the third Thursday of each month from 2:30-3:30 p.m.during the academic year.