The Association for Infant Mental Health in Ohio (AIMHiOhio) promotes healthy relationships in the lives of very young children by supporting those who serve and care for them.
The Association is an active, engaged network promoting credentialing opportunities, educational experiences and influencing public policy to strengthen the social emotional well being of very young children.
- Provide high–quality information, resources, and training for families and professionals.
Support local and state policies that promote early childhood mental health.
Facilitate a supportive network for inter–disciplinary relationships.
Build awareness of birth to five as a critical period in a child’s development.
- Foster the development of culturally appropriate, developmentally specific interventions, and services to children and their families.
Enhance the credentialing of Ohio infant mental health professionals.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kristine recently left 18 years of service to the Achievement Centers for Children, Cleveland Ohio, where she was the Early Childhood Mental Health Program Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor and is currently taking a “gap year” in New Zealand. A graduate of Ohio State and Michigan State, Kristine was awarded the Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infant Studies (IGSIS) certificate while at MSU. Kristine is a Certified Infant Massage Educator (CEIM) and past board member for Infant Massage USA.
John Kinsel has provided Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health services to very young children and their caregivers as a clinician, consultant, trainer, and advocate for 40 years. He offers training and consultation related to the mental health, social, and emotional needs and development of children ages birth through age five. His clients have included Head Start, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, and mental health programs. His specializations include Infant Mental Health, Young Child Trauma, Attachment, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. He has previously served as the Director of Mental Health at Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. and Director, Clinical Supervisor, and Therapist with Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services at Samaritan Behavioral Health. John holds a Master of Science in Family Relations & Child Development from Oklahoma State University and Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education & Teaching from University of Maryland.
Twinkle French Schottke, M.A., ECMH, is the co-founder and Director of Moms2B with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Moms2B is a community-based education program working with pregnant Moms to have healthy babies in central Ohio, in the 8 areas that have the highest rates of infant mortality. Prior to working at Ohio State, she worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for twenty years in numerous roles, helping babies and young children in the community. She has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and a certificate in Infant Mental Health.
Twinkle is excited to grow Moms2B to Dayton in 2020 and hopes to expand Moms2B programs around and outside of Ohio. With the goal to serve more pregnant Moms in high-risk areas to help assure that each baby born is welcomed into the world and has a space in someone’s heart to grow.
Stacey Cornett, LISW-S, IMH-E® (IV-Clinical Mentor), OIMHP-III, has worked in the field of infant and early childhood mental health as a clinician and administrator for over 30 years. She currently is an Infant and Early Childhood Consultant for the Children’s Home in Cincinnati where she provides Reflective Supervision Consultation and clinical services in such practices as Child Parent Psychotherapy. She also has provided IECMH consultation services for ZERO TO THREE and many other organizations. She provides group and individual Reflective Supervision/Consultation for a number of organizations around the nation. She has served as board member for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and Infancy Onward in Indiana.
Alissa Huth-Bocks, Ph.D., IMH-E® (Level IV Faculty/Research) is a psychologist and Professor in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Dr. Huth-Bocks’ special interests are in infant and early childhood mental health and the parent-child relationship in the context of adversity and cumulative risk. Dr. Huth-Bocks teaches and conducts longitudinal research studies following expectant and post-partum caregivers and their young children to evaluate development under conditions of severe psychosocial risk, as well as the effects of early intervention. Dr. Huth-Bocks is also currently leading a comprehensive initiative to implement trauma-informed care at the UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children, with a focus on pregnant women and young children aged 0-6 years. She moved to Ohio four years ago from Michigan. She has served on the Board for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and serves the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health as an IMH-E Level IV (Faculty/Research) Endorsement applicant mentor and application reviewer.
Erin Lucas is the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Hopewell Health Centers in southeastern Ohio. Ms. Lucas has vision for creating effective collaboration across and within systems to meet the needs of young children and families in rural Appalachian Ohio. Under her leadership, the Early Childhood team has expanded to provide ECMH consultation to preschool partners in 16 counties and access to early childhood training and professional development in 18 counties, and it has partnered with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to create solutions for increasing local access to allied professional therapy in early intervention. She believes in leveraging local expertise and leadership to create innovative solutions to community challenges.
Most recently, Ms. Lucas has worked to bring infant mental health consultation to primary care settings and create trauma-informed mental health consultation partnerships with local school districts. In addition to her role at Hopewell Health Centers, Ms. Lucas serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Social Work program at Ohio University, growing the field of social workers prepared to serve in rural America. Ms. Lucas received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Spanish, and her master’s in social work from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Dr. William Mosier is a Professor of Child Development in the School of Health Sciences at Istanbul Gelişim University in Istanbul, Turkey and Director of the Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic in Dayton, OH. He is currently developing child development programs for the families of Syrian refugees in Istanbul. Dr. Mosier is also a licensed Independent Marriage & Family Therapist and Professor Emeritus of the American College of Disability Analysts. He completed a doctorate in child development from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in medicine from the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He completed post-doctoral training from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He is a diplomate in child psychology with the American Board of Psychological Specialties, American Board of Forensic Medicine, and American Board of Disability Analysts. He is the author of two books, over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and medical textbook chapters and has presented over 100 seminars at international and national conferences in both English and Spanish. Dr. Mosier served 20 years in the U.S. Military as an International Health Specialist on Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Missions throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He received the 2020 Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.
Ross Glen Chandler Nunamaker, who goes by Chad, is an Ohio licensed teacher, holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Wright State University, a Master’s in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy from University of Dayton, a Certificate in Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University, a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a PhD candidate specializing in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University Chicago. Chad’s research interests are at the intersection of adult-child interactions, parent & teacher education, infant & early childhood mental health, and prevention science. Nunamaker is Executive Director, Director of Training, and Mental Health Specialist at The Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development; Executive Director and Communication Manager at Southwest Ohio AEYC; Clinical Supervisor at Western Governors University; and Adjunct Faculty at University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati, and Wright State University. He has previously been a Fellow with the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University, an Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellow with Groundwork Ohio, and Field Assessor at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research & Policy at The Ohio State University.
Kate Shanks is the Infant Mental Health Coordinator for Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. in Southeastern Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and her Masters in Social Work degree from The Ohio State University. In addition to coordinating Infant Mental Health services across 9 counties, Kate also provides therapy to women showing symptoms of Perinatal Mood Disorders. Kate is a credentialed Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and a Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider. She is trained in Infant Massage, Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Kate is an advocate for expanding HealthySteps throughout Southeastern Ohio and has helped expand these services within 8 of the Hopewell Health Centers sites in five counties.
Dr. Sites has spent her career focused on the realities of stressors in children’s lives and the need to provide programming that would promote their optimal development. She has utilized her training in Social Work, child development, child care administration, parent education and rights, child welfare, and the impact of disabilities to develop successful programs. Early in her career, she became aware of the issues of violence toward children and families, which led to her research, and then the funding awards necessary to start programs to help victims heal from the losses and grief caused by maltreatment and violence. Dr. Sites is the innovative developer and director of the highly successful program called, TIP [Therapeutic Interagency Preschool Program] which began in response to the deaths of two preschool children who were in the custody of a county Children’s Services Department. Dr. Sites was asked to design a community “safety net” around our most vulnerable children, those with abuse and unknown permanent custody plans. For 28 years, TIP has offered unique, wrap-around services and evidence-based outcomes for children with serious histories of abuse. TIP has now been replicated throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania (8 sites). TIP was awarded statewide recognition in 2006 as Ohio‘s Most Effective Early Mental Health Program. Most recently, she has served as the Clinical Director of the newly developed Post-Traumatic Healing Center, and the Baby TIP programs in the Division of Psychiatry of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Maria Stamatakos is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Lead Child Psychiatrist for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Big Lots Behavioral Health Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this position Maria provides psychiatric evaluation, medication management and consultation for children under the age of six. Together with Kristopher West, PhD., they have created and expanded Early Childhood Mental Health services provided through Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Stamatakos’ other responsibilities include supervising residents, fellows and medical students. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2003 and completed residency training in 2008 in General Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Board Certified in Pediatrics, 2008. Board Certified in General Psychiatry, 2010. Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2011. Prior to employment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Maria was an Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Janeece Warfield, Psy.D., Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, is a WSU-SOPP professor, Director of WSU’s Doctoral Internship Program, Director for the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention, and Director of Early Childhood Services. She specializes in therapeutic services and assessment with infants and children, developmental disabilities, and children with chronic illness. She also has expertise in play therapy, violence prevention, trauma, and multicultural/diversity training. She is member of APA, ABPsi, and DAPA, as well as has leadership and membership in other professional organizations, such as the Association of Play Therapy, Association for Infant Mental Health in Ohio, and APA’s ACT program.
Kristopher West, Ph.D., is the Clinical Manager for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program for Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Under Dr. West’s direction, the Early Childhood Mental Health program has expanded to a full continuum of promotion, prevention and treatment services for families and children birth through kindergarten. He has been involved in child-serving system level partnership and collaboration, including obtaining state, regional and local funding. He developed and managed a consultation, screening and assessment program for children with behavioral health needs within a local child welfare system. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. West’s interests have been primarily focused on the area of trauma treatment and trauma-informed care. Dr. West obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky and his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University.
Anyone who works with, cares for, or has infants and toddlers, and has an interest in their healthy development, has an interest in infant and toddler mental health.