Director of Undergraduate Studies

The 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 are child psychiatry, pediatrics, genetics, neurobiology, epidemiology, psychology, nursing, social work and social policy. The Mission of the Yale Child Study Center is to improve the mental health of children and families, advance understanding of their psychological and developmental needs, and treat and prevent childhood mental illness through the integration of research, clinical practice, and professional training.  The Child Study Center 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. More information is available on the Center’s website.

Undergraduate Courses

Fall Semester, 2014

Child Development
CHLD 125, PSYC 125, EDST 125
Enrollment: 25 students
Instructors: Nancy Close (Primary), Carla Horwitz
Meeting time: Wednesday, 1:30-3:20
1:30-2:45:  Group discussion
2:45-3:20: Thee subgroup discussions requiring separate rooms
Location: Room to be requested

Calvin Hill Day Care

Description: The reading of selected material with supervised participant-observer experience in infant programs, a day-care and kindergarten center, or a family day-care program. Regularly scheduled seminar discussions emphasize both theory and practice. An assumption of the course is that it is not possible to understand children—their behavior and development—without understanding their parents and the relationship between child and parents. The focus is on infancy as well as early childhood. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors.

Credit: 1.0


Early Childhood Education: Implications of Curriculum and Policy (Formerly Early Childhood Methods)
CHLD 127, PSYC 127, EDST 127
Enrollment: 10-15 students
Instructors: Carla Horwitz
Meeting time: Tuesday, 2:30-4:20
Location: Calvin Hill Daycare, 150 Highland Street, New Haven, CT 

Calvin Hill Day Care

Description: Development of curricula for preschool children—infants through five-year-olds—in light of current research and child development theory

Credit: 1.0


Autism and Related Disorders
CHLD 350, PSYC 350
Enrollment: 15-20 students
Instructors: James McPartland (Primary), Fred Volkmar
Meeting time: Tuesday, 3:30-5:00
Location:
First class: CSC Cohen Auditorium (E02)
Subsequent classes: CSC Senn room (SHM IG132)

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.

Credit: 1.0

Spring Semester, 2015

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
Credit: 0.5

Language, Literacy, and Play
CHLD 128, PSYC 128, EDST 128
Enrollment: 12-15 students
Instructors: Nancy Close (Primary), Carla Horwitz
Meeting time: Wednesday, 9:25-11:15
Location: Calvin Hill Daycare, 150 Highland Street, New Haven, CT
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.
Credit: 1.0

The Concept of the Problem Child
CHLD 132, PSYC 132
Enrollment: 20
Instructors: Erika Christakis
Meeting time: TBD
Location:
Description: When is children's behavior deemed threatening and when is it merely quirky, or even endearing? Why do we label some children deviant and others normal? Why do diagnoses such as autism, nut allergies, and ADHD vary so much across different populations of children? Drawing on a variety of sources, from public health data and early childhood curricula to depictions of famous ‘problem children’ in literature and popular culture, this course examines the implications of differing visions of good/bad and typical/atypical children for public policy, medical practice, family dynamics, schooling, and the criminal justice and protective care systems. Topics may include: feral children, LGBTQ children, children with physical and cognitive disabilities, undocumented children, imprisoned children, bullies and truants, violent children, and sexually active children. We will also consider the impact of family support and child rearing styles, the mental health complex, and the school testing movement on the likelihood of becoming a model or problem child.
Credit: 1.0

Autism and Related Disorders
CHLD 350, PSYC 350
Enrollment: 15-20 students
Instructors: Fred Volkmar (Primary), James McPartland
Meeting time: Tuesday, 3:30-5:00
Location:
First class: CSC Cohen Auditorium (E02)
Subsequent classes: CSC Senn room (SHM IG132)
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.
Credit: 1.0

Pending approval, Spring 2015

Developmental Psychopathology: An Introduction
CHLD 133, PSYC 133
Enrollment: 20 students
Instructors: Fred Volkmar (Primary), Wendy Silverman, Eli Lebowitz
Meeting time: TBD
Location: TBD
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
Credit: 1.0