Judith Meyers, Ph.D.
Judith Meyers, Ph.D. — CHDI Senior Fellow
Judith Meyers, the former President and CEO of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, now serves as a part-time Senior Fellow after stepping down from a leadership role September 30, 2017. Meyers continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, a public charitable foundation. CHDI is a subsidiary of the Children’s Fund. The Fund is dedicated to improving the quality of children’s lives by building stronger health systems through its grantmaking and support for its subsidiary, CHDI.
A clinical and community psychologist, Judith holds faculty appointments at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Yale University Child Study Center. She also serves as Chair of the board of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and a trustee of the Grossman Family Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned her doctorate from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology and in mental health services research and evaluation at Yale. She also was a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, working in the office of Congressman David Obey.
In 1999, Meyers was hired as Executive Director of CHDI. She became President and CEO of both CHDI and its parent organization, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, in 2002 and was charged with building the two organizations into what they are today. Under Meyers’ tenure, CHDI grew to 30 employees, more than quadrupled its annual operating budget, and forged partnerships with multiple organizations including academic institutions and state agencies. Under her leadership, CHDI has successfully embedded innovative solutions and best practices into our State’s systems, policies and practices, resulting in meaningful and sustainable changes that produced better outcomes for Connecticut’s children and families.
In 2017 Meyers’ professional work as a community psychologist was recognized by the American Psychological Association’s Society for Community Research & Action with the Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology award. In 2016 she received the Connecticut Voices for Children Priscilla Canny Research Award for her leadership in strengthening the connections between research, policy and practice. In 2007 she was chosen as the first recipient of the Jane Bournes Award for Excellence from the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health.
Prior to joining CHDI, she held positions as Associate Director of the Bush Program in Child Development and Social Policy at the University of Michigan, Senior Policy Advisor to Massachusetts Governor Dukakis, Administrator (Director) of the Iowa Division of Child and Family Services, and Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.