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.

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Next World Congress

14th World Congress

Babies: Their Contributions

-Our Responsibilities

Hosted by AIMH UK

Edinburgh 14 - 18 June, 2014

Edinburgh International Convention Centre

Abstract submission is closed.

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Congress Call for Papers.


Sponsor a Delegate

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WAIMH Awards

Call for Nominations. Deadline 31 December, 2013.

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Past World Congress

13th World Congress

Babies in Mind - the Minds of Babies:

A View from Africa



Congress program

The Cape Town Congress program on the WAIMH website. Look here.

The Program Book can be uploaded from our web-page.

All abstracts are available in an Infant Mental Health Journal Supplement.










Search for Editor-in-Chief of the IMHJ (11th September, 2013)

MI-AIMH and WAIMH wish to express their deepest appreciation for Hiram Fitzgerald's work as Editor-in-Chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal (IMHJ).  Under his leadership, following Joy Osofsky's 25-year tenure as Editor, the IMHJ has continued to grow and thrive.  Hi will continue as the Editor through June, 2014 and remain as Co-editor with the new Editor through January, 2015. 

The search for a new Editor-in-Chief is now under way.  The search committee, composed of past editors of the IMHJ, MI-AIMH Board members and WAIMH members, invites interested individuals to submit inquiries regarding the position of Editor-in-Chief to the attention of the committee at: dweatherston@mi-aimh.org

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Infant Mental Health Journal


As a member of the WAIMH community, we know that you share in our mission to promote and support nurturing relationships for all infants. Given our common goals, we believe that our journal, Infant Mental Health Journal (IMHJ), is an important resource for you.

Available online and in print, IMHJ publishes peer-reviewed research articles, program descriptions/evaluations, clinical studies, and book reviews that focus on infant social-emotional development, caregiver-infant interactions, contextual and cultural influences on infant and family development, and all conditions that place infants and/or their families at risk for less than optimal development. The Journal is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to the optimal development of infants and their families, and therefore, welcomes submissions from all disciplinary perspectives, for example, psychology, pediatrics, social work, early childhood, special education, early intervention, and psychiatry. Click here to check out a free online sample issue of the journal.


Perspectives in Infant Mental Health

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health (formerly, The Signal), the quarterly Professional Publication of WAIMH, gives members an opportunity to share research of interest, provides a forum for the exchange of news and views from around the world, serves as a nexus for the establishment of a communication network and informs members of upcoming events and conferences.

A free Open Access Publication at www.waimh.org with no printing costs for authors.


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Infant Mental Health

Defining infant mental health as the ability to develop physically, cognitively, and socially in a manner which allows them to master the primary emotional tasks of early childhood without serious disruption caused by harmful life events.  Because infants grow in a context of nurturing environments, infant mental health involves the psychological balance of the infant-family system.

WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health, vol 1, p. 25


Leipzig Congress 2010

The final version of the abstracts from WAIMH Leipzig Congress Infant Mental Health Journal supplement.






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