Oscar Gerdner, M.D., is finishing up his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center , where he has been serving as Chief Fellow. He is thrilled to be coming to Sasco River and is passionate about providing excellent patient care and “making the world a better place for kids and their families. Raised in Connecticut, Dr. Gerdner studied psychology at Georgetown before returning home to the University of Connecticut for medical school. At UConn, he did research on the roles of fathers in caring for children with HIV and was elected by his peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes integrity, compassion, altruism, and service in addition to clinical excellence. After earning his M.D., Dr. Gerdner trained in adult psychiatry at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. At Harvard, he served as a Chief Resident and completed a Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He also served on the premedical committee of Harvard College’s Currier House and pursued advanced training in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) at McLean.
A board-certified general psychiatrist, Dr. Gerdner serves as an assistant editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and has written book chapters on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and autism spectrum disorders. He has published on the nature of the patient-physician relationship and has presented at national conferences on difficult-to-treat psychiatric conditions and on innovations in medical education.
Dr. Gerdner is thrilled to be sub specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale, where he has had the honor of being elected Chief Fellow by his peers and faculty. At Yale, he has also had the privilege of teaching an undergraduate course on the neuroscience, psychology and history of mindfulness. In his free time, Dr. Gerdner enjoys hanging out with his family, reading, playing video games, discovering new music, and exploring beautiful Connecticut by bicycle.