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Nancy Close, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center; Associate Director of the Yale Program in Early Childhood Education; Lecturer in Psychology; Clinical Director Parent and Family Development Program, Child Study Center

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Nancy Close, PhD

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  • Child Study Center

    PO Box 207900, 230 South Frontage Road

    New Haven, CT 06520-7900

    United States



Nancy Close, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and the Clinical Director of the MOMS Partnership® and the Yale Parent and Family Development Program. She is also Director of Clinical Services for Minding the Baby, a home visiting program that has been designated as evidenced based by the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Close is a clinician and an educator. She specializes in infant mental health, parenting and the assessment and treatment of children under age five. She teaches Yale College students and fellows in psychiatry, psychology and social work in training at the Child Study Center. Dr. Close has twice received the Samual Ritvo Teacher of the Year award at the Child Study Center and has been honored by the Connecticut Infant Mental Health Association. The topics of her courses include: child development, child psychopathology, developmental assessment and clinical evaluation, mental health consultation and early childhood education. She conducts developmental assessments of young children, dynamically oriented psychotherapy with children and child parent psychotherapy She provides mental health consultation to early childhood education programs in the community. She is the author of the book, "Listening to Children: Talking With Children About Difficult Issues."

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Bryn Mawr College, Education and Child Development- Child Development, Clinical Evaluation, Child Psychopathology, Early Childhood Education (1984)
  • MA
    Bryn Mawr College, Education and Child Development (1977)
  • BA
    Connecticut College, Child Development (1972)

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