Yale Child Study Center kicks off 100th birthday celebration

The Yale Child Study Center has come a long way from the time when it was a small room in the New Haven Dispensary where Arnold Gessell began studying children with mental retardation in 1911.

One hundred years later, the center is marking its birthday with a year-long series of events, including symposia designed to inform parents, pediatricians and primary care providers in the New England area about the latest research and clinical developments affecting children.

The first symposia in honor of CSC Founder Arnold Gessell is taking place today (Jan. 11) at the center’s Donald Cohen Auditorium, 230 S. Frontage Rd

The speakers will focus on infant mental health and development. Child Study Center Director Dr. Fred Volkmar, will open the meeting at 1 p.m. with a tribute to Gessell.

Topics and other speakers at the meeting include:

• “Minding the Baby” — Dr. Linda Mayes

• “From Cineanalysis to Eye-Tracking: Studies of Infants at Risk for Developmental Disorders” — Kasia Chawarska

• “How Early is Early? Psychiatric Disorders in Young Children” — Dr. Helen Egger

• “$32 Billion Per Year Mess: Repairing our Nation’s Fragmented System of Early Education and Child Care” — Walter Gilliam

A reception with champagne and birthday cake will follow at 4 p.m.

To attend, contact Emily Hau at emily.hau@yale.edu or 203-785-5759

The next symposia will take place on Friday, April 29, at Yale West Campus and will focus on behavioral and mental health issues such as autism, Tourette and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Additional events are planned in June and October.

Yale Child Study Center is a unique resource that brings together multiple disciplines to further understand the mental health challenges facing children, their families, communities, and society at large. The center is a primary source of information and guidance for pediatricians and primary care providers.

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