Student Work

The master's degree in infant mental health prepares students to become core providers working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The interdisciplinary nature of the program brings psychological and education disciplines together in a comprehensive curriculum that will help students develop competencies in both areas. Students will discover:

Biological and psychosocial factors impacting outcome:

  • Stress and trauma on early brain development
  • Temperament
  • Regulatory issues
  • Sensory problems
  • Nutrition
  • Poverty

High-risk influences upon early relationships:

  • Atypical child and family factors
  • Teen parents
  • Chronic physical and mental illness
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Prematurity
  • Substance abuse
  • Family violence
  • Community violence
  • Foster care

Risk and resiliency:

  • Risk and resiliency factors
  • Factors that promote resiliency and protect
    children from risk

As part of the program, students will participate in fieldwork designed to prepare students with practical clinical experience. Applying the knowledge of attachment issues, infant mental health problems, and intervention strategies, students learn to function as part of an interdisciplinary team and interact with parents and primary caregivers in a culturally sensitive and family-centered manner.

Students learn to:

  • Apply developmental theory to practice, matching interactions and activities to the level and emotional state of infants through preschoolers
  • Link assessment information to individual intervention plans and evaluate child progress
  • Provide a therapeutic environment that maintains confidentiality, privacy, and safety
  • Communicate as an IMH professional in coordinating services, at interdisciplinary meetings, case presentations, and in the preparation of accurate assessments and records


Contact Information

P: 510.430.3170
F: 510.430.3379
Last Updated: 3/15/18