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Growing a Pipeline to Improve the Lives of Children and Families Through Innovative Research, Service, and Training

Yale Child Study Center Annual Associates Meeting

The 2023 Annual Meeting of the YCSC Associates centered around the theme of Growing a Pipeline to Improve the Lives of Children and Families Through Innovative Research, Service, and Training, with four panel presentations and optional breakout sessions with the speakers. The meeting recording is available to review below.

Join YCSC faculty and trainees virtually to learn about some of the work within the department that has been advanced through the generosity of gifts – whether financial or that of mentorship, connection, training or professional development opportunities, etc. – through personal stories shared by some of our exceptional faculty, staff, and trainees. A meeting agenda is included below along with panel details.

Interested participants are asked to RSVP via the registration link by November 3, 2023 to indicate interest in attending the live event via Zoom and receiving the recording link. An invitation to sign up for breakout sessions will be sent to registrants leading up to the event.

Meeting Agenda

2:00-2:15 – Welcome & Introductions: Dr. Linda Mayes, YCSC Chair
2:15-3:15 – Panel Presentations with Q&A
3:15-3:30 – Break
3:30-4:30 – Panel Presentations with Q&A
4:30-4:40 – Wrap-up & Intro to Breakout Sessions
4:40-5:00 – Breakout Sessions with Each Panel


Panel 1 (2:15-2:45)

The first panelists of the afternoon will tell stories with interweaving themes around the interface of clinical work with research, team-based approaches, working with families facing stigma and barriers to accessing care, and ensuring access for all.

  • Areti Vassilopoulos, PhD; Assistant Professor & Pediatric Health Psychologist; Yale Site Director for the Comfort Ability Program
  • Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R; Assistant Clinical Professor, Co-Director, Yale Center for Traumatic Stress and Recovery
  • Carla E. Marin, PhD; Assistant Professor & Licensed Psychologist; Yale Child Study Center Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program
  • Amanda Calhoun, MD, MPH; Chief Resident, Child Psychiatry, Albert J. Solnit Integrated Program

Panel 2 (2:45-3:15)

The speakers on the second panel will share their stories around launching new research and innovation, including clinical developments.

  • Kasia Chawarska, PhD; Emily Fraser Beede Professor, Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Statistics and Data Science, Director, Toddlers Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Director, Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program
  • Thomas Fernandez, MD; Associate Professor; Vice Chair for Research; Co-Director of the Tic and OCD Program
  • Alan Gerber, PhD; T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, McPartland Lab, Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Panel 3 (3:30-4:00)

The speakers on the third panel will share their stories with interweaving themes around multi-generational work with complex conditions and within complex systems, as well as intergenerational mental health through an interdisciplinary lens.

  • Amy Myers, LCSW, Assistant Clinical Professor, Senior Consultant Family-Based Recovery Model Development and Operations
  • Victoria Stob, LCSW, Assistant Clinical Professor, Co-Director of IICAPS Model Development and Operations
  • Maggie Stoeckel, PhD; Assistant Professor; Associate Director, Pediatric Psychology Program; Director, GI Psychology Service
  • Tara Thompson-Felix, MD; Clinical Fellow

Panel 4 (4:00-4:30)

The final panelists will share their stories with interweaving themes around heterogeneity and a move away from "one fits all" perspectives, illustrating that, in fact, one size doesn't fit all. Hear about customizing treatment and patient care through translational examples and personal stories, as well as ground-breaking work illustrated through patient stories.

  • Flora Vaccarino, MD, Harris Professor; Director, Program in Neurodevelopment and Regeneration; Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology
  • James McPartland, PhD, Harris Professor; Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic, McPartland Lab, Yale Center for Brain and Mind Health
  • Eli Lebowitz, PhD, Associate Professor; Co-Director, Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program
  • Emily Olfson, MD PhD, Assistant Professor

This annual meeting engages participants in presentations focused on the multi-faceted missions of the Yale Child Study Center. 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.




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