The Yale Child Study Center (CSC) 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. For more information on the centennial events, click here.
The first symposia in honor of CSC Founder Arnold Gessell took place on January 11 with speakers (see photo below) addressing infant mental health and development. Child Study Center Director Dr. Fred Volkmar opened the meeting with a tribute to Gessell and when the symposia ended, a 100th birthday cake and reception followed. Event coordinators were, in photo at right: Lori Klein (left), Rosemary Serra and Emily Hau.
The speakers at the Child Study Center’s centennial celebration honoring Dr. Arnold Gesell (below, left to right) were: Dr. Linda Mayes, Arnold Gesell professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychology; Dr. Helen Egger, visiting assistant professor; Dr. Fred Volkmar, director, Child Study Center; Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska, associate professor, Child Study Center, and director, Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic; and Dr. Walter Gilliam, associate professor in the Child Study Center, and director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy.