The Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAIMH) is a non-profit professional organization that offers expertise in infant and early childhood mental health. RIAIMH was founded in 2002 and received 501c(3) status in November 2003.
All infants and young children in RI thrive through their experiences of nurturing and protective relationships with parents and all providers who care for them.
Collaborate, educate and advocate for a knowledgeable and well-supported workforce that prioritizes early relationships as the foundation for lifelong health, mental health, development, and learning.
Through training, reflective supervision/consultation, research, and advocacy, we foster reflective, culturally competent, relationship-based practices that equip professionals to nurture strong relationships among young children and all of the adults who care for them.
Our Guiding Principles
Relationships are the foundation for healthy development: babies require protective relationships
Reflection is a cornerstone of
Recognition of the specialized
Respect that each baby is born
Susan Dickstein, PhD, IMH-E, Executive Director
Maryann Lynch, BA, IMH-E, Endorsement Coordinator
Maureen Barden Lynch, BA, Special Projects Coordinator
Our volunteer Board represents all the regions of our State, as well as a wide range of professional roles and programs that serve infants, young children, and their families.
Our members —the diverse workforce that promotes healthy relationships for infants, young children and families—collaborate to integrate infant mental health principles into real-life settings.
RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and a founding member of the national Alliance for the Advancement for Infant Mental Health.
Is your state a part of the Alliance? Click HERE to see all the Associations for Infant Mental Health in the USA.