Claudia M Gold M.D.

Claudia M. Gold, M.D.

I am a pediatrician and writer with a long-standing interest in addressing children’s mental health needs in a preventive model. I have practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for over 20 years, and currently specialize in early childhood mental health. My first book Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums and Other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World through Your Child’s Eyes, was published in 2011. My new book The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medication and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth and Lifelong Resilience will be released in May 2016. I attended college and medical school at the University of Chicago. I am a graduate of the UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program, and the scholars program of the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute. I am on the faculty of the Brazelton Institute, the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute and the Austen Riggs Center. 

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Child in Mind

My blog speaks to parents, professionals who work with children, and policy makers. Through stories from my behavioral pediatrics practice (with details changed to protect privacy) I show how contemporary research in child development can be applied to support parents in their efforts to facilitate their children’s healthy emotional development. I address factors that converge to obstruct such support. These include limited access to quality mental health care, influences of a powerful health insurance industry and intensive marketing efforts by the pharmaceutical industry.

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