Infant Mental Health


Foster Healthy Relationships from Day One.

Mills College offers an innovative master of arts (MA) in infant mental health that enables you to study with faculty who are leaders in this emerging field. You’ll learn intervention strategies for fostering healthy emotional and relationship development in at-risk infants and for helping families and communities address children’s developmental challenges. You’ll graduate with excellent career prospects in a range of settings, from schools to research institutions.

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MA in Infant Mental Health

Designed for students with a BA in psychology or an MA in child development, this interdisciplinary two-year program is centered on the integrated study of special needs children and their families. 

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Laboratory Research

Hands-on research in our Early Childhood and Family Research Laboratory is an integral part of the Infant Mental Health Program. 

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Gain practical experience at a range of fieldwork sites, including the Mills College Children’s School, off-campus childcare settings, and social services agencies. 

Why Study Infant Mental Health?

The field of infant mental health is founded on the principle that serious developmental problems can be seen early in life and that infants develop within the dynamic interacting contexts of the family, society, and culture in which they live. Extending beyond psychiatry and clinical psychology, the field of infant mental health is an increasingly interdisciplinary specialty that is broad based and comprehensive and includes fields such as special education, pediatrics, social work, public policy, and physical and occupational therapy.

I admired my Mills professors for their passion and enthusiasm for teaching and lifelong learning. They all were helpful, available, and inspiring.  

Jennifer Keeling, MA '13
Positive Behavior Interventions & Support Coach
San Francisco Unified School District

Infant Mental Health Co-Directors

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Carol George
Professor of Psychology

Carol George is an internationally recognized attachment researcher who specializes in infants and their families, middle childhood, and parenting.

Linda Perez
Linda Perez
Professor of Education

Linda Perez is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience working in the area of early childhood trauma and mental health.