Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology
B.A., University of the South; M.D., Vanderbilt University; Doctor of Science (honorus causa), University of the South


Linda Mayes, M.D., is Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology (Yale School of Medicine); Chair, Directorial Team, Anna Freud Centre at London; Special Advisor to the Dean of the Yale School of Medicine.

Her research interests include Early adversity; Stress regulation; Parental addiction; Risk for drug use in adolescence; Neural circuitry of social attachment and parental behavior; Developing reward systems; Electrophysiology.

She invited a single Sewanee student for a summer internship at the Yale Child Study Center in the late 1990's. Under Dr. Mayes' guidance the program has grown to sixteen students in both 2011 and 2012. They participate in ongoing research projects under the mentorship of Yale Child Study Center faculty and collaborators.

The Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program was launched spring semester 2011. Students spend a semester plus the adjacent summer at the Child Study Center. The first two participants returned to Sewanee in late April 2011 to share some of their research.

Her most recent project for Sewanee students is the seminar Psyc 230 Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia . . . offered for the first time spring semester 2013. Developed with Sewanee's Associate Professor of Psychology Karen Yu, it is taught collaboratively by Sewanee faculty and visiting faculty from Yale.

Courses offered
230 Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia