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Brisbane Congress  June 7th-11th, 2020 

Check out the WAIMH Brisbane congress website and mark up all the key dates!

And please notice: The Brisbane Registration LINK and Call for Abstracts LINK are now open! Submissions are invited for oral, poster, workshop & symposium presentations across a wide range of themes of relevance to Infant Mental Health.


It's time to renew your membership!

WAIMH Membership year ended on December 31st 2018. If you have not already paid your dues for 2019, it's time to do it here. When you login the first time to the new website, you are obligated to reset your password for security reasons. You also need to update your contact info because of the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We apologize for the inconvenience. Read about YourMembership Privacy Policy.


New website launches

We are pleased to present the new and improved WAIMH website to all visitors. The main goal for the website redesign has been to improve the ease of finding information on the website and improving the overall usability of the site. 

Please browse the new waimh.org and if you have suggestions on how to further improve, please email us at office@waimh.org or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Latest Perspectives

May 17, 2019

Perspectives 1/2019 has been published

This Winter (2019) edition of WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health includes reviewed and accepted papers since the Fall (2018) edition. Each paper calls attention to and consideration of what WAIMH members and allied infant mental health colleagues around the world are thinking, doing, and writing about. 

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August 21, 2018

Public Policy and Infant Mental Health

In 2016, the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) adopted its first formal public policy statement, drawing attention to issues specific to the rights of infants (WAIMH, 2016). The writers intended the document to serve as a stand-alone statement on behalf of infants, and a supplement to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which itself was a special addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the words of the WAIMH Board of Directors,

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June 7, 2019

Learning about Children by Listening to Others and Thinking about Ourselves

This paper by Suzanne Gaskins and Heidi Keller has been written in response to the Presidential Address by Kai von Klitzing (WAIMH President) published in the previous issue of Perspectives: WAIMH’s infants’ rights statement—a culturally monocentric claim? This response paper by Gaskins and Keller, contributes to an ongoing conversation concerning WAIMH’s position paper on the rights of infants, and a recently published edited book by Heidi Keller and Kim Bard (Eds.) (2017). The Cultural Nature of Attachment: Contextualizing Relationships and Development.

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Apr 12, 2019

Special Issue: Call for Papers on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

The WAIMH publication, Perspectives in Infant Mental Health will publish a special issue devoted to the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and their impact on Infant Mental Health. We plan to publish this special in September 2019 as part of our Summer issue. We welcome contributions that explore different elements of the relationship between infant and early childhood Infant Mental Health and ACES. The extended deadline for submissions is: 31 July, 2019.

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WAIMH's mission promotes education, research, and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational, and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.


WAIMH for You


WAIMH connects infant mental health specialists and professionals working within infant well-being. You can get access to internationally based clinical and scientific knowledge via membership journals. Join in our congresses and global communication network.

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WAIMH's Affiliates offer members a local community for networking, training,  continued education, enhancing diversity and affecting WAIMH policy practices through the Affiliate Council.

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Board Members

Our accomplished Board of Directors manages the business of the association and exercises all corporate powers in WAIMH's mission to promote the mental well-being and healthy development of infants throughout the world.

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The free to access Perspectives in Infant Mental Health is the professional publication of WAIMH and Infant Mental Health Journal is the peer-reviewed official journal of WAIMH. Both offer insight in their respective focus areas for members and professionals.

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WAIMH Statements

WAIMH publishes statements and position papers on issues it identifies as crucial for the development and actualization of Infant Mental Health.

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WAIMH offers four important awards in recognition of individuals from across the world who have made very important contributions to the infant mental health community in the course of their careers.

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Join The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), a non-profit organization for scientific and educational professionals and become part of a global learning community and professional network that speaks for infants, young children and families around the world.

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