Walter S Gilliam, PhD

Professor in the Child Study Center; Director, Yale-China Program on Child Development; Associate Professor of Psychology; Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy: Yale-China Program on Child Development | Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology

Faculty Research

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

Walter S. Gilliam is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. He is on the board of directors for the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA); a fellow at Zero to Three and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and served as a senior advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Dr. Gilliam is co-recipient of the 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book A Vision for Universal Preschool Education.

Dr. Gilliam’s research involves early childhood education and intervention policy analysis (specifically how policies translate into effective services), ways to improve the quality of prekindergarten and child care services, the impact of early childhood education programs on children’s school readiness, and effective methods for reducing classroom behavior problems and reducing the incidence of preschool expulsion. His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness, and developmental assessment of young children. Dr. Gilliam has led national analyses of state-funded prekindergarten policies and mandates, how prekindergarten programs are being implemented across the range of policy contexts, and the effectiveness of these programs at improving school readiness and educational achievement, as well as experimental and quasi-experimental studies on methods to improve early education quality.

Dr. Gilliam actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers. His work has been covered in major national and international news outlets for print (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, etc.), radio (e.g., National Public Radio), and television (e.g., NBC Today Show, CBS The Early Show, ABC World News, CNN, FOX, etc.).

Education & Training

PhD University of Kentucky (1996)
MSc University of Kentucky (1993)
Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Yale University School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology Yale University School of Medicine
Internship in Clinical Psychology Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • First for Kids Award, Priscilla Canny Research Award Connecticut Voices for Children (2008)

  • Grawemeyer Award in EducationGrawemeyer Committee, University of Louisville (2008)

Professional Service

  • (2011) Journal of School Psychology

  • Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet, Connecticut Governor’s State Advisory Council (SAC) (2011) Data Systems Workgroup

  • National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) (2010) Board of Directors (and Public Policy Committe)

  • (2009) NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field

  • National Research Council, National Academies (2008 - 2008) Review Committee, Developmental Outcomes & Assessments for Young Children

  • Office of the Provost (2008) Advised Office of the Provost regarding university child care

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (2007 - 2009) Senior Advisor

  • U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (2007 - 2007) Early Childhood Technical Working Group

  • Connecticut Early Childhood Research and Policy Council (2007 - 2009) Appointed by Governor Rell to the Connecticut Early Childhood Research and Policy Council

  • (2006) Topics in Early Childhood Special Education

  • (2006) Early Childhood Research Quarterly

  • (2005) Infants and Young Children

  • Connecticut Association for Human Services (2003) Board of Directors

  • Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute (2000 - 2000) Yale National Initiative to Strengthen Teaching in Public Schools

Activities

  • Early Education Policy China (2011 - 2011)

    Consultation with Ministry of Education regarding national early education policy

  • Early child development and education policy Israel (2009 - 2010)

    Invited presentation

  • Early Childhood Education Policy Singapore (2009 - 2009)

    Invited presentation at the National Child Education Conference and Exposition

  • Early Child Development Policy Consultation Bulgaria (2008 - 2009)

    Consultation regarding national policies to support young children's development

  • Early Education Japan (2008)

    Release of the book, A Vision for Universal Preschool Education, in Japanese

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Contact Info

Walter S Gilliam, PhD
Lab Location
Edward Zigler Center310 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
Yale Child Study CenterPO Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06520-7900

Curriculum Vitae

The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

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Prekindergarten Expulsion Rates by State