Gerard Costa

Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health‌

Gerard Costa, Ph.D., serves as founding Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, and is a nationally respected authority in these fields.

He has most recently spoken about how families can help young and special needs children cope with highly publicized tragedies such as Super Storm Sandy in New Jersey, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Boston Marthon bombing.

The recipent of numerous awards in the areas of early intervention and childhood mental health, he has served as the founding Director of YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, which provides training, counseling, and clinical services for young children and also directed Head Start, an educational program for young children.  He currently serves as a national consultant and trainer for Coming Together Around Military Families where he helps train counselors who help families of infants and young children affected by deployment. 

As a psychologist, Costa has focused on early intervention for nearly 30 years.  Appointed by the Governor to the New Jersey Council for Young Children, he is chair of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health committee.

The hidden scars of childhood trauma, The Montclair Times

Talk, not TV, will help ease young fears in wake of Connecticut school shooting, The Star-Ledger

Children with autism may have troube linking sights with sounds, The Star-Ledger