Board of Directors
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.
President Elect, Past Chair Program Committee
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.
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.
At large member
Astrid Berg, MB ChB, FCPsych (SA), M Phil (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
President's Executive at Large
Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD
Chair of Affiliate Council
Martin St-André, MDCM, FRCPC
Dr Martin St-André is a practising infant and perinatal psychiatrist since 1990; his main areas of expertise are perinatal mental health, early relationship disorders and adoption. He is Associate Clinical Professor of psychiatry at Université de Montréal. He received his medical training at McGill University (Canada), his psychiatric training at Université de Montréal (Canada) and his infant psychiatric training (clinical and research) at Brown University School of Medicine (USA). He is President of WAIMH-Quebec since 2007.
Affiliate Council Representative
I am currently the President of the Aotearoa/New Zealand IMH association (IMHAANZ) (www.imhaanz.org.nz) and completing my PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Ex Officio, Executive Director
Palvi Kaukonen, MD
Ex Officio, Associate Executive Director
Kaija Puura, PhD
Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal
Hiram E. Fitzgerald, PhD
Michigan State University
Involved with infant mental health since 1979, when he joined the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) for which he served as President, and Executive Director (1981-1990). He was President (1983-84) and Executive Directors (1984-1992) of the International Association for Infant Mental Health and Executive Director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (1992-2008). He is Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, chairs the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Committee on Engagement, and is President of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Dr. Fitzgerald's major research focuses on infant and family development in community contexts, the impact of fathers on early child development, psychobiological models of organizational processes, the etiology of alcoholism, and broad issues related to the scholarship of engagement. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of the Native Children's Research Exchange, and is actively involved in research and technical assistance with American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Programs in Michigan and throughout the United States.
Editor of Perspectives in Infant Mental Health (formerly, The Signal)
Deborah Weatherston, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV)
An infant mental health specialist, she is the Executive Director of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) in the USA. She co-developed and directed (1988-2004) the Graduate Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health at the Merrill-Palmer Institute/Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where, as a member of MI-AIMH, she participated in the development of the Competency Guidelines and the MI-AIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practise Promoting Infant Mental health. She is a ZERO TO THREE fellow and has published numerous articles and books related to the practice of infant-parent intervention services and reflective supervision.
Past President of WAIMH
Antoine Guedeney, MD
Born in Paris, 1953. He is married to Nicole Guedeney, MD, child psychiatrist, two children. Education in Paris, Lycée Louis le Grand, medical school in Bobigny and Bichat, internship in Grenoble and Paris, working particularly with Serge Lebovici, chief residency in La Salpêtrière, with Daniel Widlocher. Army service as volunteer in Sahr, Chad, 1978-1979, as pediatrician. Child psychiatrist. Fully trained in psychoanalysis, with the Paris Institut de Psychanalyse. Private practice for 3 years, then head of infant and child guidance clinic at the Paris Institut de Puériculture, then full professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and head of department, Hôpital Bichat Claude Bernard, Paris VII, since 2000. Editor of the journal Devenir, included in Psychinfo database since 2003. Founding member of WAIMH Francophone and French Marcé société. Responsible for two university degrees, in peri- natal psychiatry and on applications of attachment theory.
Chair Program Committee
Mark Tomlinson, PhD