Linda C Mayes, MD

Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center; Director, Yale Child Study Center; Special Advisor, Dean

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training | Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Leadership | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program | Developmental Electrophysiology Lab | Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy


Developmental Follow-Up Clinic (Newborn Follow-Up Clinic)

LCME Institutional Self-Study Task Force: LCME Academic Environment Subcommittee

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research Clinic

Office of Student Research


Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) to Develop Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Tobacco Dependence

Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program

Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of

Yale Medical Group


Dr. Linda Mayes is the Director of the Yale Child Study Center, and Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology. 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.

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 Yale 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. She currently oversees the Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory that includes dense array electroencephalography as a method for studying brain activity in real time.

Education & Training

MD Vanderbilt University (1977)
Postdoctoral fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Robert Wood Johnson Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow Vanderbilt University Hospital
Resident Vanderbilt University
Research Fellow Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis
Board Certification AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1981)

Honors & Recognition

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

International Activity

  • Children in Orphanages Russia (2008)

    Professor Mayes collaborates with Dr. Vladislav Ruchkin on studies of young children in Russian orphanages.

  • Orphanages Israel (2008)

    Professor Mayes conducts collaborative research with a colleague at Hebrew University on studies of children in Eastern European orphanages.

  • Substance Abuse and Parenting Finland (2008)

    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 Israel (2003)

    Professor Mayes collaborates with a colleague at Bar-ilan University on cross-cultural studies of parenting among high-risk families.

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Contact Info

Linda C Mayes, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Child Study CenterNieson Irving Harris Building
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
PO Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06520-7900

Curriculum Vitae

Developmental Electrophysiology Laboratory