From the Director of Undergraduate Studies

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The Yale Child Study Center is a department at Yale University School of Medicine which brings together multiple disciplines to further the understanding of the problems of children and families. Among the many disciplines arez; child psychiatry, pediatrics, genetics, neurobiology, epidemiology, psychology, nursing, social work and social policy. It is unique in its scope of research, clinical services, training programs, policy work, and its local, state, national, and international collaborations. The strengths of the Center are reflected in the breadth and integrative nature of research, clinical services and training.

Past Undergraduate Courses

A Representative Sample

Find us in Yale's course catalog

To see our current and upcoming offerings, visit Yale's online course catalog:

Under Program/Subject, select 'Child Study Center' and submit the search. 

A Sample of Frequent Offerings

Clinical Child Development and Assessment (Young Child Seminar)
CHLD 126, EDST 191,
Instructors: Nancy Close
Meeting time: Tuesday 10:00-12:00
Location: CSC Outpatient Clinic, 40 Temple Street
Description: Exposure to both conceptual material and clinical observations on the complexity of assessing young children and their families

Language, Literacy, and Play
CHLD 128, PSYC 128, EDST 128
Enrollment: 12-15 students
Instructors: Nancy Close (Primary), Carla Horwitz
Description: The complicated role of play in the development of language and literacy skills among preschool-aged children. Topics include social-emotional, cross-cultural, cognitive, and communicative aspects of play.

Autism and Related Disorders
CHLD 350, PSYC 350
Enrollment: 15-20 students
Instructors: James McPartland (Primary), Fred Volkmar
Description: Weekly seminar focusing on autism and related disorders of socialization. A series of lectures on topics in etiology, diagnosis and assessment, treatment and advocacy, and social neuroscience methods; topics cover infancy through adulthood. Supervised experience in the form of placement in a school, residence, or treatment setting for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Details about admission to the course are explained at the first course meeting.
Prerequisite: An introductory psychology course. 

Developmental Psychopathology: An Introduction 
CHLD 133, PSYC 133 
Enrollment: 20 students 
Instructors: Fred Volkmar (Primary), Wendy Silverman, Eli Lebowitz 
Description: This course, designed for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students, will provide an overview of developmental psychopathology during childhood and adolescence.  This course will be team taught by a child psychiatrist and psychologist and will cover aspects of normal development, assessment methods, clinical disorders, treatment, and legal and social policy issues.  We will begin with a review of normative development and then a discussion of theoretical approaches to understanding developmental aspects of common mental health conditions in childhood.  Relevant issues of culture, ethnicity in expression of psychopathology in childhood will also be reviewed. 
Prerequisite: Any relevant advanced psychology course, e.g. PSYC 130a/ CGSC 110a, PSYC 140, PSYC S180