Dr. Peg Oliveira is the Executive Director of the Gesell Program in Early Childhood at the Yale Child Study Center. As a psychology undergraduate Dr. Oliveira worked in a Head Start site, an experience that set her on the path of researching and advocating for essential improvements in the early care and education system. Dr. Oliveira received her doctorate in Psychology from Brandeis University and has worked with state agencies, nonprofit advocacy coalitions and local initiatives on issues of affordable child care, fair pay and paid family leave. Currently, as Director at Gesell, Peg partners with schools and early childhood education providers to translate new research into an immediate positive impact on how educators see and teach children.
Dr. Oliveira is also a beloved yoga teacher in her hometown of New Haven, CT and founded a nonprofit yoga service organization called 108 Monkeys. In this role she trains clinicians, educators and yoga teachers in trauma informed mindfulness and yoga for use in outreach settings.
Peg writes for national publications and education texts. She has contributed chapters on mindfulness to published work, including the essay “Practicing Yoga. Practicing Justice” published in 2019 in the book Stories of School Yoga.
Dr. Oliveira participates in numerous community initiatives including serving on the Board of Directors of the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA. She is married to an urban educator, and together they have two children, two decades apart.