Skip to Main Content

Oscar Gerdner, MD

Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry

Contact Information

Oscar Gerdner, MD

Mailing Address

  • Child Study Center

    230 S. Frontage Rd.

    New Haven, CT 06519

    United States



Oscar Gerdner, M.D., is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Yale Child Study Center, where he previously served as a Chief Fellow, an honor to which he was elected by his peers and faculty. He is passionate about providing excellent patient care and "making the world a better place for kids and their families."

Raised in Connecticut, Dr. Gerdner studied psychology at Georgetown before returning home to the University of Connecticut for medical school. At UConn, he did research on the roles of fathers in caring for children with HIV and was elected by his peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes integrity, compassion, altruism, and service in addition to clinical excellence. After earning his M.D., Dr. Gerdner trained in adult psychiatry at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. At Harvard, he served as a Chief Resident and completed a Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He also served on the premedical committee of Harvard College's Currier House and pursued advanced training in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) at McLean.

A board-certified general psychiatrist, Dr. Gerdner served as an assistant editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and has written book chapters on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and autism spectrum disorders. He has published on the nature of the patient-physician relationship and has presented at national conferences on difficult-to-treat psychiatric conditions and on innovations in medical education.

Dr. Gerdner is thrilled to be on the faculty in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale. At Yale, he has also had the privilege of teaching an undergraduate course on the neuroscience, psychology and history of mindfulness. In his free time, Dr. Gerdner enjoys hanging out with his family, reading, playing video games, discovering new music, and exploring beautiful Connecticut by bicycle.

Education & Training

  • Clinical Fellow and Chief Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (2020)
  • Resident Physician & Chief Resident
    Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital (2018)
  • MD
    University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • AB
    Georgetown University, Psychology (Hons.) (2009)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
John Schowalter, M.D., Chief Resident AwardYale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine2020
Spiro Writing AwardHoward Spiro Society2014
Lyman M. Stowe AwardUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine2014
Gold Humanism Honor SocietyThe Gold Foundation2014

Departments & Organizations