Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAIMH) Board members volunteer their time and expertise to support infant mental health education, Endorsement®, advocacy, and clinical research. The Board of Directors provides leadership, vision, stewardship and legal oversight in its governance of RIAIMH. The Board is ultimately responsible for ensuring that RIAIMH has a measurable impact on the betterment of our community in accordance with our mission, that we respond to changing community needs, and that we have the resources necessary to achieve our desired impact. The Board serves as principal fiduciary and wise steward of RIAIMH resources, creates guiding goals and policies, maintains the highest ethical standards, and models our organizational values.
Danita Roberts is currently Training and TA Specialist for Healthy Families America (HFA) and is formerly the Program Manager/ Supervisor for Meeting Street’s HFA Program located in Providence, RI. Danita graduated from Wheelock College with a degree in Human Development and a concentration in Child Life. Originally thinking that she wanted to work to promote development and attachment within a hospital setting, Danita began working at a specialized medical daycare with dreams of eventually becoming a certified Child Life Specialist. This changed, however, after taking a job at the New England Center for Children, where she gained formal knowledge in ABA and an informal understanding of people’s behavior. Ultimately, it was her work with families in their homes, during her time in Early Intervention, that has brought her to love the idea of promoting Infant Mental Health through the fostering of attachment and bonding between parents and their children. As a Program Manager in the Healthy Families America Program, Danita now has had the opportunity to help support the family visiting staff to continue this good work.
Cristina Massey is the Program Manager of the Healthy Families America program at Meeting Street. Cristina has been supporting children and families through her work in Early Childhood at Meeting Street for 20 years. After obtaining her degree in Psychology from Providence College, Cristina began her work in Early Intervention supporting primarily Spanish-speaking families in the urban core; something she was passionate about after having had personal experience with the work that EI does. After transitioning into Healthy Families, she expanded upon her journey of directly supporting families with attachment and bonding in a home-based capacity to develop these skills in other family visiting staff.
Margaret Greene-Bromell- Margaret started working for Rhode Island Parent Information Network as an Early Intervention Parent Consultant (home visitor). Margaret presently serves as the Early Childhood Program Manager at Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN). Margaret is a Peer Professional and started her journey in learning about Early Intervention and Child Development after being blessed with a child with different abilities. Having a child graduate from Early Intervention into Special Education changed Margaret’s direction in life. During her child’s Early Intervention years, she decided to leave her former place of employment to stay home full-time to better support her child, work on strengthening her advocacy skills and gain a better understanding of Special Education Regulations. Margaret enjoys building relationships with families as well as providing supervision to her staff of RIPIN Early Intervention Parent Consultants. Margaret’s favorite mantra is “If I can help just one person then my living will not be in vain.” Margaret is also a Certified Community Health Worker, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and has earned Endorsement® as an Infant Family Associate.
Beth Lobdell has more than 30 years of leadership experience working in the field of early childhood and youth development and non-profit management. She has experience moving two non-profit organizations successfully through major change. She began her career with Child Care of Southwest Florida (CCSWFL) in 1989 as the Director of the Suncoast After School Program. She left CCSWFL in June 1999 to work for the National School-Age Care Alliance (now known as the National Afterschool Alliance) in Boston and then worked for a National based for-profit, Knowledge Learning Corporation, managing after-school programs. She returned to CCSWFL and the Fort Myers area in March 2006 to manage all their early education and school-age programs. In April 2008 she became the Executive Director at CCSWFL. In October 2017 Beth moved back to New England and joined The Children’s Workshop as a Regional Director of Operations and currently is the Senior Director of Programs at Connecting for Children and Families.
Throughout Beth’s career, she has always focused on education and the wrap-around services every family needs to create a positive, loving, educationally supportive home environment. Beth acknowledges her white privilege and works every day to support equity and inclusion in her work.
Beth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Physical Education from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in Diversity from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA. Beth enjoys hiking, mountain biking, tennis, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Stephen Buka, ScD, MSc, MA is Professor and Founding Chair of Brown University’s Department of Epidemiology. He has also served as Director of Brown’s Center for the Study of Human Development and Center for Population Health & Clinical Epidemiology. With training in epidemiology and developmental psychology, his research focuses on the causes and prevention of childhood psychiatric and cognitive disorders. He has directed major longitudinal studies examining the impact of birth complications, environmental hazards, and socioeconomic conditions on behavioral and intellectual development. He works regularly with local, state, and national agencies concerned with the health and welfare of children and families.
Susan Dickstein, IMH-E® - Ex officio Member
Susan Dickstein, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Brown Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and Department of Pediatrics, and Psychologist at Bradley Hospital. For 2 decades, Dr. Dickstein was director of the Bradley Hospital Early Childhood Clinical Research Center (part of the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center), and collaborated on research within the realm of developmental psychopathology, attachment theory, family risk, maternal depression, and early childhood mental health. Dr. Dickstein is consulting editor for the Journal of Family Psychology and the Infant Mental Health Journal, and developed an online training course, Foundations for Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Health: Provider Modules. Dr. Dickstein is also a licensed clinical psychologist who currently spends time consulting on research and community-based projects that integrate infant/early childhood mental health principles and evidence-based practices, including reflective supervision/consultation strategies. She is a founding member and former President of the Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health and is a founding partner and current President of the Board of the National Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Dr. Dickstein has earned Endorsement® as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor.