M. Yanki Yazgan, M.D., founding member of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC), is a graduate of Ege University
Medical School in Izmir, Turkey. He received his child and adolescent psychiatry training at the Yale Child Study Center of Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also completed a research training track in early onset neuropsychiatric disorders.
Dr. Yazgan has taught and conducted research at the Marmara University School of Medicine
as a full professor. He also holds a clinical/adjunct appointment at the Yale Child Study Center.
Dr. Yazgan’s clinical focus has been early years and covered early-onset neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD, autism, Tourette’s disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Dr. Yazgan extended this clinical interest in early childhood to developing community based approaches to foster early childhood development and make it a part of building a peaceful world. He has been an active supporter of intervention programmes targeting fathers and families that have brought multiple benefits, especially the programmes by AÇEV, Mother – Child Education Foundation of Turkey, one of the inspirational sources in establishing the ECPC.
Medical education and professional development of physicians has been a strong academic interest, utilizing cartoons, arts, and digital shared learning environments. This interest has naturally extended to communication of science to non-academic audiences via press, social media, and podcasts as well as books for lay people about parenting, schools, brain development, peace and kindness/compassion.