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.

Search for new IMHJ Editor, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health

The Search for a new IMHJ Editor-in-Chief is underway. 

The application deadline is December 15, 2018.
The decision will be made by April 1, 2019.
The new editor will begin July 1, 2019 and work collaboratively with the current editor until October 1, 2019

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Next Congress

17th World Congress

Brisbane, Australia, June 7 - June 11, 2020.


Sponsor a Delegate

Would you like to donate to the World Congress Sponsor a Delegate programme? Or would you like to apply for Sponsorship? The programme is intended for  Delegates from Low Income (LIC) and Lower-Middle (LMC) countries.

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Past World Congress


16th World Congress

Nature >< Nurture. New Challenges for a 3rd Millennium Infant Mental Health

Hosted by Italian Association for Infant Mental Health (AISMI)

Rome, Italy, May 26 - May 30, 2018

Congress website

Abstracts in Infant Mental Health Journal Supplement



15th World Congress

Infant Mental Health in a rapidly changing world: Conflict, adversity, and resilience

Hosted by Israeli and Palestinian Infant Mental Health Associations

Prague May 29 - June 2, 2016

Congress Programme Book

Abstracts in Infant Mental Health Journal Supplement










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.

Read past issues

The articles are available in a new Perspectives website.

Call for writers to Perspectives



The new Board of Directors started their work in June 2016. Read more.

New WAIMH website coming soon!

WAIMH is going forward with the development of a new website. We are going to migrate from the current i4a website into Yourmembership website soon. 

Note: The old website waimh.org will be closed by 31st October and we will reopen it via the new system in November. A temporary closure of the website may occur.

Stay tuned in Facebook and Twitter.


WAIMH connects infant mental health specialists and professionals working within infant well-being. You can get access to internationally based clinical and scientific knowledge via membership journals. Join in our congresses and global communication network.

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WAIMH Position Paper on the Rights of Infants
Edinburgh, 14-18 June, 2014
(amended March 2016)

WAIMH affirms that the UNCRC in addressing the rights of children, does not sufficiently differentiate the needs of infants and toddlers from those of older children, in that infants and toddlers are totally dependent upon the availability of consistent and responsive care from specific adults for the adequate development of their basic human capacities.

Read WAIMH Position Paper on the Rights of Infants.

There are unique considerations regarding the needs of infants during the first three years of life which are highlighted by contemporary knowledge, underscoring the impact of early experience on the development of human infant brain and mind.


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.


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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


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