Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D.
Location: New Haven, CT
Organization: Child Study Center - Yale University
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 a fellow of the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families (Zero to Three) and the National Institute for Early Education Research and served as a Senior Advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 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. His work frequently has been covered in major national and international news outlets for print, radio, and television. Dr. Gilliam actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers.