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Edward Zigler received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1958. He served a one-year internship at Worcester State Hospital and taught at the University of Missouri for one year before moving to Yale University in 1959. During his 46 years at Yale, he has served as Director of the Child Development Program, Chairman of the Psychology Department, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Child Study Center.
He founded The Yale Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy in 1978. In 2005, the Center was renamed, in his honor, as The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He now serves as Director, Emeritus, of the Center. He is also currently a Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus. Zigler is the author, coauthor, and editor of hundreds of scholarly publications and has conducted extensive investigations on topics related to normal child development and to adult psychopathology and mental retardation.