Walter Gilliam


  • Behavior
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Federal policy
  • Mental health

Walter S. Gilliam is the director of 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 member of the board of directors for ZERO TO THREE at the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and Child Care Aware of America at the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, a research fellow of the National Institute for Early Education Research, and a former senior advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Gilliam is co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the co-authored book, “A Vision for Universal Preschool Education.” His work has been frequently covered in major national and international news outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN Headline News, NBC TODAY Show, CBS Early Show, ABC Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and FOX News. Gilliam actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers in the U.S. and other countries.