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Current Board of Directors
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The tasks of the WAIMH Board

The Board of Directors manages the business of the association and exercises all corporate powers. You will find the Bylaws of the association in the Resources section. Article seven of the Bylaws describes the purpose, power, election process, meetings and actions of the Board of Directors.

 

The composition of the current Board of Directors  

Executive Committee

According to WAIMH Bylaws (Section 15, Part 1), The Executive Committee shall be composed of the four elected members of the ASSOCIATION, the President’s Executive-at-Large, the Chair of the Affiliate Council, the Affiliate Council’s elected representative, the Past President, the Executive Director and the Associate Executive Director. The Past President, the Executive Director and the Associate Executive Director shall serve in as ex officio, and are non-voting members.

 

Campbell Paul

President
Term 2020-2024

Campbell Paul, Assoc Prof, MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert Child Adol Child Psych

Profession: Consultant Infant Psychiatrist Integrated Mental Health Service
Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road,
Parkville,
Victoria, 3052
Australia

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Astrid Berg

At large member, President Elect
Term 2020-2024

Astrid Berg, MB ChB, FCPsych (SA), M Phil (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cape Town
Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital
Rondebosch, Cape Town
South Africa

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Anna Huber

Affiliate Council Chair
Term 2018-2022

Anna Huber

Profession: Psychologist
Macquarie University
35 Scrivener St
O Connor
Canberra, ACT 260 , Australia

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Jane Barlow

Affiliate Council Representative
Term 2018-2022

Jane Barlow, DPhil, FFPH Hon

United Kingdom

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Campbell Paul

Campbell Paul, Assoc Prof, MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert Child Adol Child Psych

Campbell Paul is a Consultant Infant and Child Psychiatrist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, paediatric consultation liaison psychiatry service.

He has a special interest in the understanding of the inner world of the baby and infant-parent psychotherapy. He is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and has developed postgraduate training programs in infant mental health.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and has been a visiting psychiatrist to the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.

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Astrid Berg

Astrid Berg, MB ChB, FCPsych (SA), M Phil (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

Astrid Berg is a Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst. Astrid is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and a senior consultant in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town where she heads the UCT Parent-Infant Mental Health Service. She also holds an honorary position as Associate Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Stellenbosch.

Astrid has been involved in working in a community in Cape Town since 1995 where she is in charge of a weekly mother-baby mental health clinic. She has written about this work and presented it extensively internationally. Her interest is in the psychodynamics of the first relationships in life, as well as articulating the challenges and opportunities of living in a cultural diverse country.

She has recently published a book “Connecting with South Africa – cultural communication and understanding”.

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Jane Barlow, DPhil, FFPH Hon

Jane Barlow (DPhil, FFPH Hon) is Professor of Evidence Based Intervention in the Early Years at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. Jane’s main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and the evaluation of interventions aimed at improving parenting practices during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She also undertakes research to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions aimed at preventing child abuse.

She is currently President of AIMH UK, and a member of PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan).

Hisako Watanabe

At large member
Term 2020-2024

Hisako Watanabe, PhD, MD

Profession: Child psychiatrist, Psychotherapist
Life Development Center, 
Watanabe Clinic, 
2-120 Nlshitobecho,
Nishiku, Yokohama
220-0046 Japan

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Catherine McGuire

 

At large member, Secretary-treasurer
Term 2020-2024

Catherine McGuire, B.A.(Hons)Psych, M.Psych.Sc.(Clin.Psych.) IMH-E®

Profession: Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Infant Mental Health Mentor -Clinical
School of Applied Psychology
North Mall Campus
University College Cork
Cork, T23 TK30
Ireland

P:+353 21 4904512

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President's Executive at Large
Term 2020-2024

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Past President of WAIMH
Term 2020-2024

Kai von Klitzing, PhD, MD

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics
University of Leipzig
Liebigstr. 20a D 04103
Leipzig, Germany

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Hisako Watanabe. M.D., Ph.D.

Hisako Watanabe is a child psychiatrist in Japan, with medical training in pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She was trained at the Tavistock Clinic in the early 90’s, and has integrated Western trans-disciplinary, neurobiological and psychodynamic approaches with Japanese concept of Amae. (Amae is a concept referring to the affective, non-verbal mental wellness activated within the infant-caregiver relationship.) She developed innovative comprehensive approaches to resolve divergent psychosocial problems of children and families in rapidly industrializing yet deeply traditional society of Japan. Her Amae therapy empowers the primary caregiver by inducing intuitive parenting, facilitated by the child’s attachment needs, and leading to a new encounter with reciprocity and affect attunement.

On her return from London to Yokohama in 1994, she established a community-based NPO organization for people with schizophrenia, named ‘Mind Club,’ which has established three workplaces, two group homes and one café that sells baked goods made by the individuals with psychiatric illnesses. During her 20 years in the pediatric department at the Keio University Hospital, she has applied infant mental health principles in her training of 330 pediatricians to address emergent issues in the rapidly industrializing Japanese society, such as transgenerational transmission of psychopathology in eating disorders, and mothers with postnatal depression, prematurely born, low-birth weight infants,infants born with multiple anomalies and diseases.

In 1997, she founded the FOUR WINDS (Forum Of Universal Research for the Workings of Infant and Neonatal Developmental Support), a nation-wide forum for Japanese professionals working with infants and their families. She has led FOUR WINDS’ activities to gather together Infant Mental Health professionals to create the culture of ongoing shared learning. The 20 years of work accumulated through the FOUR WINDS activities served as the foundation for the newly established Japanese Association for Infant Mental Health. In 2008, Watanabe chaired the organization of the 11th World Congress of WAIMH, the first ever to be held in Asia.

Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, she reached out to City of Koriyama in Fukushima, devastated by radiation contamination by the nuclear plant accident and set up a multidisciplinary community team, named the Koriyama Post-disaster Child Care Project (KPCCP). With a relationship-based, trauma-informed, family-focused approach, the project has enhanced the morale of parents and community workers through activities of traditional play and picture book reading that had traditionally been embedded in the local community culture. This led to the successful opening of Pep-Kids Koriyama, the largest indoor playground in the Northeastern Japan, providing a place for families with young children to come and gather, where they are protected from the threat of radiation outdoors. The indoor playground has been visited by more than 2 million children and parents.

In 2014, Watanabe was given the WAIMH Award, and in 2016, she was elected as an Executive Board Member of the WAIMH. Watanabe continues to work to bring perspectives of families and professionals in Asia and other parts of the world to diversify the voices represented in IMH work. She believes in the wisdom of the workers on the ground from many parts of the world unrepresented by the Members of the Board, and hopes to continue to reach out to learn from their voices. One of her most recent work includes her outreach visit to Bangladesh, where she witnessed a creative and well- grounded humanitarian work in infant mental health. She observed families, despite having been geographically dislocated from their homeland and having experienced adversity, being supported to use play, music and narratives to preserve their traditional culture. Watanabe believes that the WAIMH community and the field of Infant Mental Health can be improved by increasing the diversity of voices and representation, and by addressing institutionalized racism and oppression She hopes to continue learning from families and professionals of under-represented regions of the world.

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Catherine McGuire

Catherine Maguire B.A.(Hons)Psych, M.Psych.Sc.(Clin.Psych.) IMH-E®

Catherine Maguire, is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an Endorsed Infant Mental Health Mentor. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork, where she is also a PhD candidate.

Catherine is currently on secondment from the national Health Service Executive to an Area Based Childhood Programme in Cork city where she leads an Infant Health and Wellbeing Programme for the pre-birth to three populations. Her specific interests include the establishment and evaluation of infant mental health programmes and building and consolidating interdisciplinary workforce capacity. She provides master classes locally and nationally and is the co-creator of Infant Mental Health Network Groups, a process driven group learning environment developed to facilitate the consolidation and integration of core skills and competencies into frontline practice.

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Kai von Klitzing

Kai von Klitzing, PhD, MD

Kai von Klitzing, MD, borne 1954, married to Walli, three daughters. Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at the University of Leipzig, Germany, Psychoanalyst, Member of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society and German Psychoanalytical Association/IPA, Training Analyst, Editor of the Journal Kinderanalyse/Child Analysis, Board Member of WAIMH since 2004, host of the 2010 WAIMH congress in Leipzig.

Professional career: education in Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Adult Psychiatry in Germany, 1988 – 1997 Child Psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital in Basel, Switzerland (with Dieter Bürgin); 1997 – 1998 Visiting Researcher at the Program for Early Developmental Studies (with Robert Emde), 1999 – 2006 Professor for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University of Basel, Switzerland; since 2006 Chair of Child Psychiatry at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Scientific interests: Developmental psychopathology, early triadic relationships (mother – father – infant), children’s narratives, psychotherapy (individual and family), neurobiology. Kai von Klitzing has published many clinical and empirical papers in German, French and English (e.g. two papers on the role of fathers and triadic development in the IMHJ) and books on immigrant children, psychotherapy in (early) childhood, and attachment disorders.

Other members of the Board of Directors

Editor of Infant Mental Health Journal, Special Advisor to the Board, USA Incorporation Status

Holly Brophy-Herb, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV)

Profession: Professor of Child Development
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Room 7 Human Ecology Building, Michigan State University
552 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA

P: +1- 517-355-3397

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Maree Foley

Editor of Perspectives in Infant Mental Health (formerly, The Signal)

Maree Foley, BSW, PG Dip Chi Psych, MPhil (Dist), PhD (Management)

Profession: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Research and Practice Consultant: Children, Families and Organisations
Geneva, Switzerland

P: +41 079 367 0272
Fax: +1-734-287-1680

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David Oppenheim

Chair of Program Committee
Term 2018-2021

David Oppenheim, Ph.D.

Profession: Professor and former Chair in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Center for the Study of Child Development at the University of Haifa
Israel

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Holly Brophy-Herb, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV)

Holly Brophy-Herb, professor and IMH endorsed (IMH-E®), Michigan State University-USA, examines emotion socialization practices and toddlers’ social-emotional development. Her community-based research and training initiatives have resulted in parenting/caregiving program development and the establishment of the Michigan Infant/Toddler Research Exchange, a consortium of infancy researchers focused on identifying evidence-based, IMH-informed early intervention research and practices. She is a core collaborator in national initiatives to articulate competencies for infant/toddler workforce preparation and is a member of the Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers. She serves on the board of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and was Associate IMHJ Editor until she assumed the role of Editor in Chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal in 2019.

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Maree Foley

Maree Foley, BSW, PG Dip Chi Psych, MPhil (Dist), PhD (Management)

Maree Foley is a past President of the Aotearoa/New Zealand IMH association (IMHAANZ) and completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

She is a Child, Family and Organisational consultant in private practice, in Switzerland.

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Miri Keren

Miri Keren, MD

Was born in Paris, France, 07/06/53. Immigrated to Israel in 1970. Lives in Kfar-Saba, married and mother of 4 children. Works as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, director of the first Community Infant Psychiatry Unit in Israel, created in 1996, and affiliated to the Geha Mental Health Center. Has been since 1999 the supervisor of a National project of Infant Mental health units implementation, under joint sponsorship of the Ministry of Health and Sacta-Rashi Foundation.

Also functions as a consultant of the Tel Aviv Residential nursery for infants waiting for adoption, consultant at the FTT Clinic, Schneider Children's Hospital, Petah Tiqva. Teaches as Lecturer at the Child Psychiatry department, Tel-Aviv Sackler Medical School, and is the Head of a two-year Early Childhood Psychiatry Course, Faculty of Continuing Education, Tel-Aviv Sackler Medical School.

Has created the Israeli WAIMH Affiliate in 2000, has been its President from 2003 to 2007, is now Honorary president of the Israel WAIMH Affiliate, and President Elect of the WAIMH. Is currently the Editor of the Consulting Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal.

Her research domains are Infant mental health diagnostic classification, feeding disorders in infancy, symbolic play development, parent-infant dyadic and triadic relationships characteristics among clinic-and non clinic-referred families, abandoned babies and adoptive parents.

 

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David Oppenheim

David Oppenheim, Ph.D.

David Oppenheim, Ph.D. is Professor and former Chair in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Center for the Study of Child Development at the University of Haifa, Israel. Dr. Oppenheim’s research focuses on the central importance of attachment relationships for children’s social and emotional development. In particular, his research has examined the role of parental Insightfulness and parent-child open communication in the organization of attachment relationships throughout childhood.

Dr. Oppenheim’s studies on these questions involved longitudinal studies, and included typically developing children, children at high risk such as those in foster care and those whose parents experienced trauma, and children with atypical development such as Autism and Mental Retardation. In addition to a focus on basic research, Dr. Oppenheim's writing and teaching stresses the clinical application of developmental research for work with young children and their families. This includes work of mental health professionals and also the work of other professionals working with young children experiencing stress or with special needs.

Kaija Puura

Ex Officio, Executive Director, Past Chair of Program Committee

Kaija Puura, PhD

Profession: Professor of Child Psychiatry
Tampere University
Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences
Arvo Ylpön katu 34
33520 Tampere
Finland

P: +358-(0)3-3116 5131
Fax: +358-(0)3-3116 3579

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Reija Latva

Ex Officio, Associate Executive Director

Reija Latva, MD, PhD

Profession: Head of Department,
Tampere University Hospital,
Department of Child Psychiatry
Central Hospital
PO BOX 2000
FI-33521 Tampere
Finland

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Holly Brophy-Herb, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV)

Holly Brophy-Herb, professor and IMH endorsed (IMH-E®), Michigan State University-USA, examines emotion socialization practices and toddlers’ social-emotional development. Her community-based research and training initiatives have resulted in parenting/caregiving program development and the establishment of the Michigan Infant/Toddler Research Exchange, a consortium of infancy researchers focused on identifying evidence-based, IMH-informed early intervention research and practices. She is a core collaborator in national initiatives to articulate competencies for infant/toddler workforce preparation and is a member of the Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers. She serves on the board of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and is Associate IMHJ Editor.

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Minna Sorsa, RN, PhD

Senior administrator
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Sari Miettinen, RN

Administrative assistant
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