Linda Calarco understands that the sources of a long, healthy life – both mental and physical – start at the very beginning.
“I’ve always been interested in health and human behavior,” Calarco said. “I realized the beginning for much of who we become starts literally in the cradle. Early development is a critical factor for how we develop into adults.”
She gained increased appreciation for this perspective from her years as a guidance counselor and middle school teacher in New York and then in her current post as a member of the Board of Directors for The Gessell Institute of Child Development in New Haven, on which she served as President for three years.
As the newest addition to Women’s Health Research at Yale’s Advisory Council, Calarco will now focus her efforts on highlighting the critical role that sex and gender play in health and well-being.
“My goal is to foster broader interest in the mission of WHRY,” Calarco said. “I’m very interested in learning more about the center’s science and helping more people understand what this work means for their health.”
A Woodbridge, Conn., resident for the last 40 years, Calarco served on the Board of Trustees of New Haven’s Hopkins School for 10 years and as Secretary to the Board for six years. In 2012, she received the Hopkins Medal for service to the school. Earlier, she served as President of the Parent Council of Hopkins School and of the Parent Teacher Organization of Beecher School in Woodbridge, where she also served as a member of the board of Friends of Woodbridge Library. Currently, Calarco is also a member of the Board of Directors of New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater.
“I’m pleased to be a part of WHRY and its mission to change how medicine is researched and practiced,” Calarco said. “I am looking forward to participating in the achievement of that goal.”