Dr. Close is an educator and clinician. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children under age five. She teaches Yale College students and fellows in training at the Child Study Center. 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 and does dynamically oriented psychotherapy with children. In addition she provides mental health consultation to early childhood education programs in the community. Dr. Close is a consultant to two parenting programs, Parents First and Minding the Baby. These programs have both a service and research component and focus on supporting parent child attachment and the development of the reflective function.
Specialized Terms: Child development; Child psychopathology; Developmental assessment and clinical evaluation; Mental health consultation; Early childhood education
Child Development; Developmental Disabilities; Child Psychiatry; Mental Health; Psychiatry and Psychology