The Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health provides clinical training, consultation, advocacy, and research in infant and early childhood mental health. Postdoctoral and community fellowships are offered to qualified professionals seeking advanced training in infant and early childhood mental health. Program faculty provide supervision, consultation, and training to academic programs and community agencies in Colorado as well as across the nation.
Fellowships in Advanced Clinical Infant Mental Health Training
The Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health trains postdoctoral psychology fellows and community professionals with advanced clinical skills in infancy and early childhood mental health. The year-long clinical fellowship focuses on training in clinical, research and systems factors related to infancy and early childhood. The training involves clinical placements, didactics, reflective supervision, and professional development. The didactics cover content on development, attachment theory, treatment approaches, diagnostic classifications, diagnoses, perinatal mental health, cultural competence, and socio-cultural influences. The clinical settings included traditional outpatient services, consultation in pediatric primary care and other medical clinics, early care and education centers, and home-based services (some being bilingual) within UC-AMC programs and community agencies.
The Harris Program began in 1996 under the directorship of Robert J. Harmon, MD (in memoriam, 1946-2006), an infant and child psychiatrist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and with the funding support from The Irving Harris Foundation.
Dr. Harmon was a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) where he also received his post-graduate training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After spending three years at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Harmon returned to Colorado, joining the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1978 as an Assistant Professor and later becoming Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics in 1992. Below are some of his many appointments/recognitions during his accomplished career:
Our Philosophy & Goals
The seminars cover a variety of topics, including normal infant and early childhood development, temperament, normal pregnancy and pregnancy loss, high-risk infants and parents, developmental psychopathology (including attachment disorders, failure to thrive, and behavior problems), the impact of child abuse and neglect, developmentally appropriate assessment, diagnosis and treatment of infants and toddlers, the treatment of infant-parent psychopathology, and mental health consultation in early childhood settings.Survey of Infant and Early Childhood Assessment