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Amber Wimsatt Childs, PhD

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

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Amber Wimsatt Childs, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    300 George Street

    New Haven, Connecticut, 06511

    United States

Amber Wimsatt Childs
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Dr. Amber W. Childs is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine and a member of the Medical Staff at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Childs is the newly appointed Director of Clinical Training for the Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology within the YSM Psychology Section beginning in 2019, where she works together with the Chief of Psychology and Executive Training Committee to ensure state-of-the art training. She also serves as the primary advisor for the YSM doctoral fellow within the YNHH Adolescent Services placement. Dr. Childs is the program psychologist at the Yale Psychiatric Hospital’s adolescent day program. Broadly, she specializes in the treatment of adolescents, young adults and families who suffer from chronic and acute psychiatric illness. Her work within the day hospital includes implementation and evaluation of evidence-based clinical psychotherapy programming, spear-heading the development and execution of comprehensive measurement-based care initiatives across the New Haven and Branford locations, staff education and consultation and provision of direct clinical services. Empirically, Dr. Childs is interested in broader evaluation of, as well as specific psychosocial correlates to (e.g., parent-child relations) treatment outcomes among high-risk youth, especially as they inform opportunities for quality enhancement of care. Finally, she is a member of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion within the YSM psychology section.

Education & Training

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

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