IAITMH Mission Statement

To advance the conditions which provide an early start toward optimal mental health.

 Our Vision: All infants and toddlers are entitled to an opportunity to grow, learn and develop in a way that enhances their social and emotional health so that they may reach their maximum potential.

About Us

The Indiana Association of Infant and Toddler Mental Health, a subsidiary organization of Mental Health America of Indiana, was founded in 2000. This is an organization of individuals committed to strengthening relationships between infants/toddlers, parents, and other caregivers. Infant Mental Health (IMH) professionals believe that the parent-infant relationship is central to the healthy development of young children and are committed to the view that these relationships are influenced by:

  • The parent's or caregiver's actions and experiences,
  • The infant's characteristics and responses, and
  • The surrounding environment

What is Infant Mental Health?


What is Infant Mental Health?

Infant Mental Health is the developing capacity of the child from birth to age 3 to:

  • experience, regulate, and express emotions
  • form close and secure interpersonal relationships, and
  • explore the environment and learn 


All in the context of family community, and cultural expectations for young children. Infant mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development. ~Zero to Three Infant Mental Health Task Force

For more IMH definitions see:

Details of Zero to Three Definition: click here

Center for Early Education and Development at University of Minnesota

Tip Sheet for IMH Definition: click here

Board of Directors

IAITMH Board of Directors 2016

Rebecca Billick, M.S. Ed, J.D.
Stacey Cornett, LCSW, LISW-S, IMH-E® (IV-C)
Suzanne Coyle, PhD
Rachael Fisher, LCSW
Matt Galvin, M.D.
Azar Hadadian, Ph.D.
Tina Mahern
Stephen C. McCaffrey, J.D.
Rebecca McKnight, MA, IMH-E® (I)
Lesa Paddack
Denise Senter, MA, LMHC
Lynne Sturm, Ph.D., HSPP
Angela M. Tomlin, Ph.D., HSPP, IMH-E® (IV-C)
Stephan Viehweg, ACSW, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV-P)

Code of Ethics

IAIMTH Code of Ethics Values:

  • Importance of Relationships
  • Respect for Ethnicity, Culture, Individuality and Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Knowledge and Skill Building
  • Reflective Practice

    See Full Code of Ethics


IAITMH is an inclusive group of family members, caregivers, and professionals interested in maximizing the emotional well-being of babies and toddlers in their families. Members have the opportunity to help develop and participate in educational and advocacy activities in support families of babies and toddlers.

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