WAIMH offers five important awards and one unique distinction. The following award nominations are in conjunction with our biennial congresses call for proposals, read more about the Edinburgh 2014 congress here.
The deadline for nominations for awards is December 31, 2013.
Required nomination materials for the WAIMH Award, the Sonya Bemporad Award, the Serge Lebovici Award and the Réne Spitz Award
1. A 250-500 word statement indicating why the nominee should receive the award.
2. A copy of the nominee’s resume, vita, or biographical sketch. If you are nominating a group, provide a complete description of the group and its members as well as a brief history of its relevant activities.
3. Three letters of support from individuals who endorse your nomination.
4. Submit all nomination materials in one packet and mail it to the WAIMH Central Office postmarked or e-mailed no later than December 31, 2013.
Required application support materials for the New Investigator Award
Required application support materials
1. A cover letter on institutional letterhead indicating that you want to be considered for the New Investigator Award competition.
2. One copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae or resume.
3. One copy of the abstract submitted to the program committee of the congress.
4. Four copies of an original unpublished version of the paper described in the abstract.
5. A sponsor’s letter if you are not a member of WAIMH. The sponsoring letter must be written by a member of WAIMH.
There will be no exceptions to the 31 December, 2013 deadline.
Send the entire application packet to the WAIMH Central Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, Street address: Medical School, Laakarinkatu 1, Arvo C221, FIN- 33014 University of Tampere, Finland.
WAIMH will forward applications to the awards committee.
Direct any questions to the awards committee via the Central Office (email@example.com).
WAIMH recognizes members from across the world who have made very important contributions to the infant mental health community. WAIMH Award Committee encourages nominations from a variety of disciplines and settings around the world, e.g. health, mental health, early care and education, early intervention, hospitals, colleges and universities, legislatures, etc. Nominations are invited for each of the following award categories:
Given in recognition of significant contributions to the World Association for Infant Mental Health, either directly or through one of the WAIMH Affiliate Associations.
Catherine Maguire and Rochelle Matacz
Astrid Berg (2010)
Campbell Paul and Brigid Jordan (2008)
Sam Tyano (2006)
Dilys Daws (2002)
Joy Osofsky (2000)
Sonya Bemporad (1996)
Justin Call (1996)
Robert Emde (1996)
Hiram Fitzgerald (1996)
Eleanor Galenson (1996)
Serge Lebovici (1996)
Sonya Bemporad Award
Given in recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of social and public policies that contribute to the mental health and overall benefit of infants, toddlers, and their families. Nominees typically are not involved in service delivery or scientific or clinical studies of infants. Legislators, officials, advocates, media representatives, foundation directors, and concerned citizens may qualify for the award.
Tuula Tamminen (2010)
Matthew Melmed (2008)
Pam Linke (2006)
Salvador Celia (2002)
Betty Tableman (2002)
Paul Steinhauer (2000)
Serge Lebovici Award
Given in recognition of significant contributions to the international development of infant mental health. Nominees typically are individuals who have been actively involved in collaborative efforts that have cross-national implications for infant mental health.
Charles H. Zeanah, Jr. (2010)
Daniel Stern (2008)
Michel Soule (2006)
Myriam David (2002)
René Spitz Award
Given in recognition of significant lifetime contributions to clinical and/or experimental research on topics related to infant mental health. Nominees typically are individuals who have made substantive scientific contributions to the interdisciplinary field of infant mental health.
Mechtild Papousek (2010)
Takeo Doi (2008)
Robert Emde (2006)
T. Berry Brazelton (2002)
New Investigator Award
The purpose of the WAIMH New Investigator Award is to recognize and encourage promising new investigators in infant mental health. The applicant must be a member of WAIMH or must be sponsored by a member of WAIMH. The applicant must have earned a university degree no more than eight years prior to the application deadline. The individual selected as new investigator receives a cash award, a plaque, and acceptance of his/her paper for publication in the Infant Mental Health Journal (this involves exposure to the peer review process as a way of assisting the investigator’s professional development). In addition, the new investigator must be prepared to present his or her work at the following world congress.
Elita Amini Virmani (2010)
Wakako Sanefuji (2008)
Claire Vollotton (2006)
Kaija Puura (2002)
Laurie A. Van Egeren (2000)
Anne McDonald Culp (1996)
Honorary President Distinction
Conferred to honor a distinguished person who has made an outstanding contribution to the interdisciplinary field of Infant Mental Health
Joy Osofsky (2010)
Hiram E. Fitzgerald (2008)
Robert N. Emde (2006)