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Amber Wimsatt Childs, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director of Training, YSM Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology, Psychiatry

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Amber Wimsatt Childs, PhD

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  • Yale School of Medicine

    300 George Street

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



Dr. Amber W. Childs is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine. She is the Director of Training for the Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology in the School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Division of Quality and Innovation within Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (YNHPH) where she is a member of the medical staff. Additionally, Childs is the co-founder and director of the Getting Racism Out of our Work (GROW) Initiative, co-founder of the Yale Measurement-Based Care Collaborative and founder of M-Select, a comprehensive digital mental health solution for youth at YSM.

Childs is deeply involved in antiracism and DEI efforts within the Psychiatry Department. She served as the Co-Chair of the Doctoral Internship Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, from 2020-2023, of which she has been a member since 2016 . She served as the invited co-chair of the Education Subcommittee of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Antiracism Task Force (ARTF) from 2020-2023 and remains a member of the ARTF Steering Committee.

Childs’ work aims to improve equity, access, and outcomes in psychiatric services and education through data-driven quality improvement and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She is dedicated to clinical and educational program innovations that support the implementation of evidence-based practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts to improve clinical and educational practices. Across her roles, Dr. Childs professional activities include: 1) promotion and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP), such as Measurement-Based Care (MBC), that prioritize person-centered, individualized treatment and improved psychosocial outcomes; 2) improvement of psychiatric treatment among those who experience chronic and acute psychiatric illness, particularly for young people who are marginalized and minoritized; and 3) cultivating a generation of psychology leaders who have a deep and sophisticated understanding of DEI as it relates to clinical service delivery, research, and education.

Childs earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed a doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, where she specialized in child and adolescent services.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital (2015)
  • PhD
    The University of Tennessee, Clinical Psychology (2014)
  • Predoctoral Fellow
    The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital (2014)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
The Chairman's AwardYSM, Department of Psychiatry 2023
Blavatnick Innovation Accelerator AwardYale Ventures2023
Innovation AwardYale New Haven Health System 2022
Excellence in Diversity TrainingAssociation of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)2022
Ethnic Diversity Task Force Individual Diversity AwardConnecticut Psychological Association2021
Volunteer Top 40 Under 40University of Tennessee- Knoxville Alumni Association2021
Distinguished Faculty: Outstanding Teacher Award- Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community PsychologyYSM, Department of Psychiatry, Psychology Section2021

Professional Service

Yale Ventures Faculty Advisory Board, Yale UniversityMember2023 - Present
YSM, Grand Rounds and Visiting Lecture Committee, Department of PsychiatryMember2021 - Present
Karasu Leadership Visiting Lecture Committee, YSM Psychiatry Member2021 - Present
YSM, Antiracism Task Force: Education Subcommittee, Department of PsychiatryCo-Chair2020 - 2023
Measurement-Based Care and Mental and Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, American Psychological AssociationMember2020 - Present
YSM, Executive Training Committee, Psychology Doctoral Internship, Department of Psychiatry, Psychology SectionChair2019 - Present
YSM, Psychology Education Day Planning Committee, Department of Psychiatry, Psychology SectionFounding Member2019 - 2023

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