Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health

Infants enjoying a meal

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 Beginnings

Over 30 years ago, the concept of infant mental health training in Colorado flourished from a friendship developed through a fortunate alphabetical seating arrangement. During a Zero to Three board members' meeting, Robert J. Harmon happened to sit next to Irving Harris, retired executive and founder of the Irving Harris Foundation. The more Bob learned about Irving, the more he was impressed with his passion for and awareness of young children and their developmental needs. Years later, Irving asked Bob about creating an infant mental health program in Colorado. This conversation led to the establishment of the Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Since its founding in 1996, the program has expanded tremendously. We created a several intensive training programs, as well as research, clinical service, and advocacy programs in infant and early childhood mental health that serve Colorado and beyond. Program faculty provide consultation, supervision, and training to academic programs and community agencies in Colorado as well as across the nation. Additionally, Harris Faculty have developed and/or disseminated numerous early childhood mental health clinical programs including Project CLIMB, Healthy Expectations, Warm Connections, and HealthySteps.

FounderProgram Founder

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, with the funding 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:

  • Certified in General, Child and Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatry
  • Medical Director of the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital/University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Psychiatric Director of the Women’s and Children’s Residential Services at The Haven, a substance abuse treatment therapeutic community
  • Board member of Zero to Three/National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • The Kempe Children’s Foundation Professional Honoree for contributions to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in April 2003
  • Author of more than 150 publications on infant psychiatry, infant and family development, and the effects of the death of an infant on the family

Training Philosophy & Goals

  • Highly trained infant and early childhood mental health specialists play an important role in providing services to programs that serve pregnant parents, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) training is crucial for advanced practitioners in mental health and related early childhood fields in order to effectively serve this population
  • IECMH training and practices must be rooted in a commitment to and enactment of social justice with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural humility (see, Diversity Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families
  • IECMH training and practices includes education regarding perinatal and maternal mental health, as well as family and community contextual factors
  • Effective IECMH training includes intensive clinical experience with infants and young children, extensive didactic seminars on core issues of infant mental health, and reflective supervision in groups and individually
  • Trainings incorporate a family-centered and family-strengths perspective and contextualize the psychosocial factors, adversity, challenges, and disorders that impact infants, young children, and their families within systems of care and cultural context
  • Trainings support fellows in becoming critical consumers of clinical and developmental research, and integrate and apply research to interventions and clinical thinking about young children and their families
  • The Harris Program is committed to training a diverse workforce of perinatal, infant, and early childhood professionals to mirror the families served by the field


Robert J. Harmon Fellowship in Advanced Clinical Infant Mental Health Training

The Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health trains postdoctoral psychology fellows and advanced community professionals intending to work in infancy and early childhood systems. The year-long clinical fellowship focuses on training in clinical, research, and systems factors related to pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood. The training involves clinical work in early childhood, didactics, reflective supervision, and professional development. The didactics cover content on development, attachment theory, treatment approaches, diagnostic classifications, perinatal mental health, diversity-informed practice and cultural humility, and socio-cultural influences. The Harmon Fellowship accepts two types of fellows: University-based Fellows and Advanced Community-based Fellows.

University-based Fellows are employed by the University of Colorado School of Medicine at a postdoctoral level, with degrees in psychology (PhD, PsyD) or psychiatry (MD, DO). Fellows work in university-based clinical settings including 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.

Advanced Community-based Fellows are sponsored by the agency where they work and are released to attend the fellowship in-person one day per week for a year. The agency pays for the fellow’s training. Advanced Community-based Fellows hold a masters or doctoral degree in mental health, occupational therapy, speech therapy, early childhood education and allied fields and have a minimum of 3 years experience working with young children and their families. This fellowship is intended for professionals who have the potential to impact service delivery, policy, or education in their agency and community.

Harris Community Fellowship

The Harris Community Fellowship offers scholarship-supported access to advanced training in perinatal, infant and early childhood mental health, regardless of location within Colorado. The Community Fellowships are generously funded by Caring for Colorado, the Community First Foundation, the State of Colorado (CIRCLE grant), the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and the Zoma Foundation. Using remote learning technology, fellows participate each Thursday in a yearlong training program, while continuing to serve young children and families in their community. Our goal is to support professionals across the state as they develop expertise in infant and early childhood mental health, provide high-quality clinical services, advocate on behalf of young children and families, and enhance the early childhood continuum of care.

The fellowship offers:  

  • Advanced, intensive training in infant and early childhood mental health aligned with the Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health’s Endorsement criteria   
  • Reflective supervision with a licensed and endorsed professional   
  • Professional development support and mentorship  
  • Flexible distance learning format via Zoom, as well as in-person didactic training two times annually
  • Tuition covered for agencies and individuals who serve high-risk, low-income families
  • Fees for pursuing The Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health (IMH-E ®) available upon fellowship completion

For more information and how to apply, please select the Application tab!

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. 

Robert J. Harmon Fellowship in Advanced Clinical Infant Mental Health 

Survey of Infant and Early Childhood Assessment

A 4-week training that provides a background on developmental assessment, how to approach the consultative process, and training on the Mullen Scales of Early Development with ongoing supervision

Clinical Case Conference

Weekly supervision attended by Harris fellows to share clinical experiences from their primary training sites as well as to present and discuss difficult cases with faculty supervision

Perinatal Seminar

Focuses on bonding, attachment, high-risk perinatal status, developmental care, pregnancy loss, and consultation to the NICU

Core Reading Seminar

Provides an overview of child development, diagnosis and disorders, and clinical treatment issues in the first 5 years of life

Mental Health Consultation and Supervision in Early Childhood Seminar

Provides an introduction to the concepts of mental health consultation for early childhood settings (i.e., childcare, primary care, developmental early intervention programs and early childhood education settings). Includes training and readings on reflective supervision

Survey of Dyadic Assessment and Treatment Tools

Provides information on different assessment and intervention techniques to use with parents of young children

Diversity-Informed Practice in Infant Mental Health

Topics include religious diversity, LGBT families, poverty, discrimination, babies with special health care needs, fatherhood, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and  transculturalissues with attachment, childbirth, feeding, sleeping, and crying

Diagnostic Case Review

Discussion of clinical cases from trainees’ clinical sites, focusing on diagnostic and treatment issues and using the Diagnostic Classification system (DC: 0-5) to develop diagnostic formulations

Infant Mental Health Topics

Provides more in-depth information on certain infant mental health topics that were briefly covered in the other seminars and exposes fellows to local resources that offer specialized services to parents and young children

Training Committee

Monthly meetings between Harris Program directors and fellows to discuss various issues related to the training program and the fellows' experiences

Harris Community Fellowship

Core Reading Seminar

Provides an overview of child development, diagnosis and disorders, and clinical treatment issues in the first 5 years of life

DC: 0-5

Provides in-depth theoretical and practical experience with the DC:0-5 Diagnostic System using the fellow’s current cases

Development in Early Childhood

Focuses on core developmental domains--language, social and emotional, motor, and cognitive--and connecting these to the growing field of “affective neuroscience” –the science of emotions and the brain and how the earliest interactions shape lasting patterns of relatedness

Diversity- Informed Practice in Infant Mental Health

Explores The Diversity-informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children  and Families  using discussion, reflection and case application

Leadership Series

Two-part series on varied professional development topics that includes discussion of leadership within infant mental health, guest presentations from local leaders, and independent study to pursue COAIMH IMH-E ®

Mental Health Consultation

Provides an introduction to the concepts of mental health consultation in early childhood settings (i.e., childcare, primary care, developmental early intervention programs and early childhood education settings)

Perinatal Seminar

Focuses on bonding, attachment, high-risk perinatal status, developmental care, pregnancy loss, and consultation to the NICU

Program Meeting

Monthly meetings between Harris Program directors and fellows to discuss issues related to the training program and the fellows' experiences

Reflective Supervision

Combines didactic instruction with direct practice of reflective supervision skills

Relational Assessment and Treatment Tools

Introduction and overview of dyadic assessment tools (i.e. WMCI, Crowell, MIM) and practice with administration, interpretation and feedback 

Screening and Assessment

Covers commonly used screening and assessment measures for use in a range of settings including primary care, outpatient clinics, developmental early intervention programs and early childhood education

Trauma Treatment

Overview on working with children who have experienced traumatic stress including attention to secondary traumatic stress, special conditions and an in-depth introduction to evidence-based models of treatment

Topics in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Local infant and early childhood professionals present to the fellows on community resources, systems and topics not covered in other courses


Meet The Harris Program Faculty

Leaders in infant mental health training

Faculty nameAreas of interestContact info

Karen Frankel, PHD


  • Infant and early childhood mental health services
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child trauma therapy
  • Diagnosis and the DC: 0-3R Diagnostic Classification System
  • Consultation to child care facilities
  • Infant and toddler behavioral medicine

Phone: (303)724-3725

Email: Dr. Frankel

Ayelet Talmi, PHD


  • Integrated mental health services in pediatric primary care
  • Babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs
  • Early childhood system and policy issues
  • Research interests include health systems outcome research, parent-infant relationship development, systems of care of children with special needs

Phone: (720)777-6670

Email: Dr. Talmi

Sue Ammen, PhD
  • Infant, family, and early childhood mental health
  • Parent-child relationship assessment
  • Play therapy and family therapy
  • Reflective supervision & play therapy supervision
  • LGBT families
Email: Dr. Ammen
Jordana R. Ash, LCSW, IMH-E (IV-C)
  • ECMH policy and stategic planning
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Cross-systems collaboration
  • Reflective supervision

Phone: (303)866-6361


Bethany Ashby, PsyD 
  • ​Integrated mental health services in pediatric primary care
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Adolescent mothers
  • Research interests include the evaluation of integrated behavioral health services provided in obstetric and pediatrics settings, trauma-informced care, and the impact of trauma on the perinatal period 

Phone: (720)777-5041

Email: Dr. Ashby

Shannon K. Bekman, PhD, IMH-E (IV-C)
  • Infant/early childhood trauma
  • Infants/young children in foster care
  • Dyadic infant-parent psychotherapies
  • Reflective supervision
  • Attachment theory
Email: Dr. Bekman
Melissa B. Buchholz, PhD
  • Pediatric primary care
  • Co-location - pediatrics and mental health
  • Standardized developmental screening
Email: Dr. Buchholz
Kelly Glaze, PsyD
  • Infant, family, and early childhood mental health
  • Integrated mental health services in WIC and pediatric primary care
  • Pregnancy-related mood and anxiety disorders
  • Childhood trauma
Email: Dr. Glaze
Evelin Gomez, PhD
  • ​Culturally appropriate mental health services
  • Child abuse and trauma
  • Behavioral health consultation
  • Community mental health services for immigrants and refugees
Email: Dr. Gomez
Daryl Hitchcock, PhD
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
  • Parent-Child Relationship Assessment
  • Reflective Supervision and Consultation
  • Consultation to Child Care Providers
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Trauma Therapy
  • Diagnosis and the DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Classification System

Phone: (303) 617-2457 

EmailDr. Hitchcock
Kadija Johnston, LCSW Instructor
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Mental Health Consultation to early childhood settings
  • Equity, social justice, and antiracism in early childhood mental health service delivery 

Phone: 415-314-8943 

Kimberly Kelsay, MD
  • Assessment of young children using story stem narratives
  • Psychiatric treatment of medically ill asthmatic children

Phone: (720)777-4057

Email: Dr. Kelsay

Megan Louderman, PsyD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
  • Special Health Care Needs
  • Consultation to childcare settings
  • Rural and underserved communities

Phone: 719-305-9139

EmailDr. Louderman

Debbie Reno-Smith, LMFT, NCC, IECMH-RPM
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Trauma and Resilience
  • Diagnostic Classification
  • Reflective Practice and Supervision
  • Early Care Provider Consultation and Support
  • Professional Development and Advanced Training in Early Childhood
  • Mindfulness and Health and Well-Being

Phone: 760-885-7177

Shawna Roberts, PsyD
  • Infant and early childhood therapy
  • Pre and postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Child trauma play therapy
  • Reflective consultation or supervision
  • Parent-Child relationship assessment

Phone: 303-202-6143  

EmailDr. Roberts
Betsy Rogers, LCSW, IMH-E (IV)
  • Reflective supervision
  • Trauma
  • Secondary traumatic stress resilience
  • Child-parent psychotherapy
  • Parent-child interaction therapy

Phone: (303)617-2458

Email: Ms. Rogers

Michelle Roy, PhD, IECME-E (IV)
  • Trauma in infancy and early childhood
  • Infant mental health and child welfare
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy

Phone: (303)300-6194


Verenea J. Serrano, PhD
  • Integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care
  • Behavioral health and adjustment among youth with medical complexity and their families
  • Medical traumatic stress
  • Youth with special health care needs
  • Infant and early childhood behavioral health
  • Behavioral health among Latinx youth and families

Phone: 720-777-9938

EmailDr. Serrano

Kym Spring-Thompson, PsyD, IMHM (C)
  • Emotion Dysregulation, Impulsivity, & Early Childhood Behavioral Issues
  • Anxiety Across the Lifespan
  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety disorders
  • Parent Coaching
  • Women in Transition
  • Reflective Supervision & Consultation


EmailDr. Spring-Thompson
Ashley Sward, PsyD, IMH-E
  • Infant mental health consultation
  • Pregnancy-related mood and anxiety disorders
  • Reflective supervision
  • Child-parent psychotherapy
Email: Dr. Sward
Vivian Tamkin, PhD
  • African American Maternal and Child Dyadic Psychotherapy
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
  • Reflective Supervision and Consultation
  • Preschool Mental Health Consultation
  • Health Disparities
  • Community-Based Participatory Action Research
  • Life Course Intervention Research 

Phone: 626-422-3854

EmailDr. Tamkin
Jane West, MA, MS, LPC, ECSE
  • Early Childhood Development (including Brain Development) and Young Children in Adversity
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
  • Child Trauma Therapy 
  • Diagnosis and the DC:0-5 (ZTT Certified Trainer)
  • ECMH Consultation: Programmatic Models, Core Services 
  • Young Children with Disabilities and the Early Intervention System
  • Reflective Supervision Models (especially at international level)
  • Parenting
  • Infant Observation + Film history 
Catherine Wolcott, PhD
  • Early childhood integrated behavioral health services in primary care
  • Access to culturally sensitive healthcare for Latino families and young children
  • Addressing exposure to toxic stress and trauma in demographically at-risk populations

Phone: (720)777-4931

Email: Dr. Wolcott


Depending on the clinical site, Harris Program Fellows provide a variety of services, including:
  • Weekly individual, group, and/or parent-child dyadic therapy as well as developmental and other appropriate interventions
  • Complete intake, diagnostic assessments/evaluations, developmental testing
  • Classroom observation
  • Formulate treatment plans
  • Consultation with parents and families about behavioral interventions, parent education, infant/child development
  • Consultation with site staff related to behavior management approaches, postpartum depression, developmental interventions, medication evaluations, and referrals for psychiatric evaluation and/or psychological testing

Project CLIMB
Project CLIMB provides integrated behavioral health services in three primary care clinics - Child Health Clinic, Young Mother’s Clinic, and Special Care Clinic - at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The services facilitate the early identification and treatment of mental health and behavioral issues within pediatric primary care settings and to increase access to mental health services in underserved populations.

  • Child Health Clinic
    • The Child Health Clinic is a pediatric residency training clinic providing more than 33,000 visits annually and serving a diverse patient population, including a significant proportion of families who speak Spanish and other languages. The behavioral health team is led by psychologists and comprised of a transdisciplinary team including psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry fellows, psychology interns, pediatric residents, and staff from the primary care clinics. The team provides developmental interventions, screening and early identification services, consultations, psychosocial and behavioral group and individual interventions, diagnostic assessments, medication evaluations, recommendations for treatment of infants, children and adolescents seen in a primary care setting, and staff consultation and trainings. The HealthySteps program is implemented in Child Health Clinic, providing developmental, social-emotional, and behavioral health services to babies, young children, and their families in the first three years of life. In addition to direct services, training, and education efforts, our team engages in scholarship, research, advocacy, and policy initiatives. Clinical site supervisors: Drs. Melissa Buchholz, Kelly Glaze, Jessica Kenny, & Ayelet Talmi.
  • Young Moms Clinic
    • The Young Mothers Clinic (YMC) at Children’s Hospital Colorado serves adolescent mothers up to age 25 and their children. YMC provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary pediatric and well-woman care, including social work, family/health navigators, and integrated mental health services. The patient population is urban, low income, and racially diverse with high rates of trauma exposure and maternal mental health symptoms. The overarching goals of the program are to reduce repeat pregnancies among adolescent mothers and improve educational and developmental outcomes for adolescent mothers and their children. The integrated behavioral health team is staffed by social workers, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and trainees from psychology and social work. Behavioral health services offered include staff consultation; medication evaluation and management; developmental, psychosocial and mental health assessment and interventions; and individual psychotherapy. (Clinical Site Supervisors: Drs. Bethany Ashby and Amy Ehmer)
  • The Special Care Clinic
    • The Special Care Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado is a comprehensive and integrated program that offers both primary care and consultation services to children with chronic medical conditions and special health care needs. This clinic specializes in treating children with special health care needs, including children with genetic disorders, developmental disabilities, complex chronic medical conditions and high-risk newborns. We also care for the healthy siblings of children with special needs. We offer consultation services for children who live at a distance from Denver. The Special Care Clinic also performs assessment and management strategies for community care providers. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Verenea Serrano)

The Perinatal Resource Offering Mood Integrated Services and Evaluation (PROMISE) Clinic is a multidisciplinary integrated behavioral health program in the Department of Ob/Gyn at UCHealth. PROMISE addresses the mental health needs of women during pregnancy and the post-partum period in the context of their obstetric care. The patient population is racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse. PROMISE is staffed by an obstetrician, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, a licensed professional counselor, as well as trainees from these disciplines. PROMISE Clinic provides integrated behavioral health consultation, as well as comprehensive mental health treatment which includes psychological and psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individual, couple, dyadic, and group therapy. Other services include staff consultation and support of maternal mood screening. (Clinical Site Supervisors: Drs. Bethany Ashby and Amy Ehmer)

The Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic
The Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic is a multidisciplinary treatment team (pediatricians, otolaryngologists, specialists, plastic surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists, social work, speech therapist pediatric dentists, orthodontist, audiologist, genetic counselors,) which specializes in treating the medical, developmental and psychosocial needs of the child with cleft lip and/or palate and their family. The clinic is held 2-3 times per month and sees families for a comprehensive yearly workup. Families usually come to clinic soon after the birth of their baby when the anomaly is discovered, and many of the patients are very young children. The Harris Fellow in this site works as a member of the multidisciplinary team consulting to families and professionals about the psychosocial issues which may arise when for a family with a baby or child with a craniofacial anomaly. Fellows do onsite consultation, evaluations, and referrals for additional services. (Clinical Site Supervisors: Dr. Karen Frankel & Ms. Jamie Idelberg)

KidStreet is a multidisciplinary program that provides childcare and skilled nursing care for children ages six weeks to four years with special health care and developmental needs. The children receive nursing care, physical, occupational, and speech/language therapy throughout the day. Other services provided include music therapy, consultation with vision therapists, and participation in the prescription pet program. KidStreet serves as a practicum site for nursing, therapy, special education students and medical residents. The program staff interface with primary and specialty providers to coordinate evaluation and care for children enrolled in the program. The Harris Fellow provides consultation to the site, supporting children, families, staff, and the program as a whole with infusing early childhood mental health strategies into the care that is provided. KidStreet is located in the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Health Pavilion. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Melissa Buchholz)

Right Start for Infant Mental Health
Right Start for Infant Mental Health is a specialized program at WellPower (formerly the Mental Health Center of Denver), the designated mental health authority
 for the City and County of Denver and the largest provider of community mental health services in the Rocky Mountain region. Right Start provides outpatient and home-based clinical services to families with children ages birth to five and pregnant individuals. Right Start serves a predominantly low-income, culturally diverse, underserved population experiencing a number of stressors including poverty, involvement with welfare, parental mental illness/substance abuse and other family disruptions. Right Start offers comprehensive, trauma informed, family-focused interventions, as well as case management and psychiatric services. Fellows on the Right Start team will provide relationship-based infant/early childhood mental health services to families in our outpatient clinic. Services include: comprehensive relationship assessment (with training in the Crowell Play Procedure, and the Working Model of the Child Interview), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Circle of Security- Parenting (COS-P) and other interventions as appropriate. The four licensed psychologists on the Right Start team are graduates of the Irving Harris Fellowship. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Michelle Roy)

Fussy Baby Network Colorado/Warm Connections
As a replication site for the Fussy Baby National Network out of the Erikson Institute in Chicago, The Harris Program was a partner in developing the Fussy Baby Network Colorado program. Designed to help parents struggling with infant crying, the program’s components include a Warmline, a Home Visitation program, and program infusion into the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic in conjunction with Project CLIMB at The Children’s Hospital. Fellows primary responsibilities will include fielding warmline calls, conducting home visits, and implementing the fussy baby program protocol in the primary care setting. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Karen Frankel) Fellows will be trained/certified in the FAN Model of intervention.

Warm Connections is an innovative program that combines three proven developmental/mental health approaches and offers them in a setting where no other behavioral health services are available and where thousands of low-income families are seen annually: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Warm Connections staffs WIC clinics with highly qualified early child, infant and maternal health specialists to: 1) offer preventive behavioral, social-emotional and developmental support using a two-generational, community-based, urgent-concern approach; 2) conduct screening for perinatal mood symptoms and support intervention and referral for positive screens; 3) link WIC participants to resources within the early childhood system of care; and 4) educate and reflectively support WIC educators to work with participants from a trauma- and infant mental health-informed perspective. Such activities aim to improve parental and child emotional health and promote positive development among this underserved population. (Clinical Site Supervisors: Drs. Karen Frankel and Ashley Sward)

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Robert J. Harmon Fellowships

Community-Based Fellowship

Applications for the 2024-25 cohort will be accepted starting 2/26/2024.

Positions are available for community professionals who are sponsored by the agency where they work and are released to attend fellowship didactics and supervision virtually one day per week for a year. There is no cost to the fellow or the agency at this time because of the generous support of state and foundation funding. Advanced Community-based fellows hold a masters degree in mental health, occupational therapy, speech therapy, early childhood education and allied fields and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working with young children and their families. This fellowship is intended for professionals who have the potential to impact service delivery, policy, or education in their agency and community.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, the directors will be hosting an information session on March 28, 2024, at 12:00 PM MST. Register here for the session.

In order to apply for the community-based fellowship, please submit the following:

Initial application deadline - 5:00 PM April 12, 2024

Late applications accepted on a rolling basis based on availability.

All applicants are responsible for ensuring that all of their application materials are received by the above deadline date; incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Harris Program Coordinator at 303-724-9758 or




Application For University-based Fellows

Your full application must be received by 5:00 PM MT on December 6, 2023, in order to be reviewed and considered for interviews. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required items have been received before/ by the deadline date; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Offers for virtual interviews will be made in mid-December after all applications have been reviewed. For further information, please click the button Application for University-based Fellows

One-year training positions are available for psychologists and child psychiatrists. In addition to a demonstrated interest in infancy and early childhood, applicants must have a PhD or PsyD in clinical, counseling, or school psychology and have completed an APA-accredited internship, or a MD/DO and have completed a residency in child and adolescent psychiatry. Minorities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply (must be a U.S. citizen) as many of the fellow clinical site placements are bilingual settings. Although most of the trainees in the program are full-time, occasionally arrangements may be made to pursue training on a part-time basis. Selected candidates for fellowship positions must complete all graduate degree requirements and provide proof of degree prior to starting fellowship. Postdoctoral fellows receive a stipend plus benefits and paid leave during their training.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for the Harris Fellowship with preference given to earlier submissions in order to accommodate interviews:

Cover Letter (please include why you are interested in the Harris Program, what are your training goals, etc.)

Curriculum vitae

Application form pdf file; requires Adobe Reader program to open and save form entries) If you are having problems with the application form, try saving the original form on your computer before starting to complete it, and do not complete the form in your browser. Once finalized, save the form and send it as a file attachment.

Three reference letters per instructions on the application form.

One letter from your program's training director

Your application will be considered for one of the fellowship positions that will start next September. Attempts are made to match an applicant’s areas of interest to the program’s clinical sites. Applicants meeting our initial requirements will be invited for virtual interviews, which will be held in January.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Harris Program Coordinator at 303-724-9758 or




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