IMHJ new Editor announcement

Infant Mental Health Journal – Welcome and thanks!


May 20, 2019

The Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH), the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, and the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) wish to offer our sincere thanks to Paul Spicer, PhD for his years of service as the Editor in Chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Dr. Spicer is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and a Director of the Center for Applied Social Research. He is the current President of the Board of Directors of ZERO TO THREE and he is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor – Research/Faculty by the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health.

Under Dr. Spicer’s direction, the quantity and quality of submissions has been remarkable and reflect his commitment to reaching out across the multitude of disciplines that influence the field. His adherence to high scientific standards has given IMHJ broader visibility and increased impact factor. Readers in the last few years may have also noted an increase in clinical articles and to efforts to link current re-search to infant mental health practice. These efforts have been greatly appreciated by IMHJ subscribers. The excellent reputation of the IMHJ significantly contributes to the recognition and legitimacy of the field of infant mental health. We are all indebted to Dr. Spicer for his commitment and leadership.

And beginning in July, it is our pleasure to welcome Holly Brophy-Herb, PhD as the new Editor in Chief. Dr. Brophy-Herb is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. Dr. Brophy-Herb studies emotion socialization practices and toddlers’ social-emotional development in the context of parent/caregiver-child relationships. She serves as USA Incorporation Status Advisor on the WAIMH Board of Directors and as an At Large Director on the MI-AIMH Board. She is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor – Research/Faculty by MI-AIMH. She has been an Associate Editor for the IMHJ for the last 10 years. Dr. Brophy-Herb has an exciting vision for the IMHJ that will build on Dr. Spicer’s work. She aims to address the rapidly changing world of scholarly publication and raise visibility of the IMHJ, all while maintaining high scientific standards that will continue to promote the interdisciplinary study of Infant Mental Health principles and practices. Welcome, Dr. Brophy-Herb!


Nichole Paradis, LMSW, IMH-E®