Infant Mental Health Journal

The Infant Mental Health Journal (IMHJ) is the official publication of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and is copyrighted by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. IMHJ was first published in 1980 as a quarterly journal.

Now issued bimonthly, the Infant  Mental Health Journal (IMHJ) publishes peer-reviewed research articles, literature reviews, program descriptions/evaluations, clinical studies, and book reviews that focus on infant social-emotional development, neurobiological correlates of 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 interdisciplinary approaches, including diverse theoretical views, to the optimal development of infants and their families. Special emphasis is given to high risk infants and very young children and their families.

Paul Spicer, PhD, Editor-in-Chief


The Infant Mental Health Journal celebrates MI-AIMH's 40th Anniversary

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, the IMHJ is pleased to present this special Virtual Issue of 10 IMHJ articles - classic and recent -  for free download. These articles are offered in recognition of those in the infant mental health community in Michigan and around the world who champion reflective, relationship-centered understanding for all infants, toddlers, their families and those who offer support and care. 

The Virtual Issue is now live on the journal site! The link to the virtual issue is: .

All of the articles in the virtual issue have been set free through May 31st, 2018. 


Print a flyer of the Infant Mental Health Journal.

Infant Mental Health Journal Selects Paul Spicer, Ph.D. as New Editor-in-Chief

It is with great pleasure that the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) and the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) announce the selection of Paul Spicer, Ph.D. to be the next Editor-in-Chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal (IMHJ).  Dr. Spicer is a professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA and, as an anthropologist, shares a broad and interdisciplinary knowledge base from which to understand research, policy, clinical work, and practice in the field of infant mental health.  He brings enthusiasm for collaboration with professionals across disciplines and from around the world.  He understands the editorial tasks required and has expressed his intent to solicit special issues to move the infant mental health field forward in new directions with support from the editorial board.  Dr. Spicer will be warmly and formally introduced at the 2014 WAIMH Congress in June.

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 December, 2014.  Beginning in October, 2014, oversight of the review process for new manuscript submissions will shift to Dr. Spicer.


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