Board of Directors


Kai von Klitzing, PhD, MD
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics
University of Leipzig
Liebigstr. 20a D 04103
Leipzig, Germany
Tel: +49 341 9724010
Email: kai.vonklitzing(at)

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.


President Elect

Campbell Paul, Assoc Prof, MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert Child Adol Child Psych
Integrated Mental Health Service
Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road , Parkville , Victoria, 3052
E-mail: campbell.paul(at)
Profession: Consultant Infant Psychiatrist

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.


Secretary-treasurer, Affiliate Council Chair

Anna Huber
Macquarie University
35 Scrivener St
O Connor
Canberra, ACT  260 , Australia
Email: annahuber.marymead(at)
Profession: Psychologist


At large member

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
Email: zimi(at)

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”.


At large member

Hisako Watanabe


President's Executive at Large

Jody Todd Manly, PhD
Mt. Hope Family Center/University of Rochester
187 Edinburgh Str.
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: +1 585 275 2991
Email: jody.manly(at)
Profession: Psychologist

Jody Todd Manly, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director at the Mt. Hope Family Center and a Senior Research Associate and assistant professor in the Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology Department of the University of Rochester. Mt. Hope Family Center is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where Dr. Manly works with US trauma experts on provision of evidence-based trauma treatments. Dr. Manly has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on several federally-funded research projects on the linkages among trauma, child maltreatment, depression, poverty, attachment, domestic violence, and community violence with children from infancy through adolescence. In conjunction with colleagues Dante Cicchetti and Douglas Barnett, Dr. Manly developed a maltreatment classification system that is now being used by research laboratories around the world to operationally define dimensions of child maltreatment. She has more than thirty years of experience in providing clinical services to children and families who have experienced trauma, and in conducting research with children exposed to violence and maltreatment. Dr. Manly is a member of the Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) faculty and has provided training in CPP locally and nationally. Dr. Manly has a number of publications in the area of child maltreatment and evidence-based interventions. She is married with two daughters and is a licensed psychologist in New York State.


Affiliate Council Representative

Jane Barlow, United Kingdom


Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal

Paul Spicer, PhD, IMHE® (IV-R/F)
Center for Applied Social Research
201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 4100
Norman, OK 73019
Department of Anthropology
804 Dale Hall Tower
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: +1-405-306-5585 (cell), +1-405-325-9291 (phone)
Fax: +1-405-325-9066
E-mail: paul.spicer(at)

Dr. Paul Spicer is currently Professor of Anthropology and a Director at the Center for Applied Social Research at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Prior to joining the faculty in Oklahoma, Dr. Spicer spent 13 years in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. A member of the Board of Zero To Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, he is also immediate past president of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Spicer specializes in research on health and human development in American Indian communities, especially in the area of infancy and early childhood. He assumed the role of Editor in Chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal in January of 2015. He is married to another anthropologist, Lori Jervis, who specializes in aging, and they have one daughter, born in 2003.


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

Until December 2018: Deborah Weatherston, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV)
Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
13101 Allen Road, Southgate
Michigan 48195, USA
Tel: +1- 734-785-7700
Fax: +1-734-287-1680
Email: dweatherston(at)
Profession: Infant Mental Health Mentor Executive Director

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.

From January 2019: Maree Foley, BSW, PG Dip Chi Psych, MPhil (Dist), PhD (Management)
Research and Practice Consultant: Children, Families and Organisations
Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41 079 367 0272
Email: maree.foley(at)
Profession: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

I am a past President of the Aotearoa/New Zealand IMH association (IMHAANZ) ( and completed my PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Maree Foley is a Child, Family and Organisational consultant in private practice, in Switzerland.


Past President of WAIMH

Miri Keren, MD
Hakanalit 19/7
Kfar Saba 44280
Email: ofkeren(at)

Profession: Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist 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.


Special Advisor to the Board, USA Incorporation Status

Holly Brophy-Herb, United States



Ex Officio, Executive Director, Past Chair of Program Committee

Kaija Puura, PhD
University of Tampere
Medical Faculty
33014 Tampere
Phone: +358-(0)3-3116 5131
Fax: +358-(0)3-3116 3579
E-mail: ed(at)


Ex Officio, Associate Executive Director

Reija Latva, PhD
University of Tampere
Medical Faculty
33014 Tampere
E-mail: congress(at)


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