About Us
Meet the board!
 
 President - Bacall Hincks
  
 
 
 
Past President - Jennifer Mitchell
 

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I specialize in Infant Mental Health. My expertise is working with children and families who have experienced trauma, and children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Some of my formative professional experiences were through my employment as a Child Welfare Specialist for the state of Oklahoma, as a transition counselor for girls in an alternative educational setting, and in my multiple roles within a domestic violence shelter in Florida. My professional experiences have allowed me to gain knowledge and skills in working with a variety of populations, but my passion has always been focused on helping very young children and their families. My doctoral training included a concentration in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and a specialization in Parent-Infant Mental Health. In my current role as Senior Program and Operations Director, I have the privilege of supporting all of the programs and clinical services within The Children’s Center. I am honored to continue supporting the UAIMH Board in elevating the needs of young children and their families!

 
 
 
 
Treasurer- Susan Ord
I had the privilege of working as the Director of the Baby Watch Early Intervention Program in the Utah Department of Health for the last 20 years of my professional career. It was there that I learned how impactful training and supporting parents of children who had disabilities or developmental delays could be. I am very excited to be involved with UAIMH as we take on the task of developing a system - along with other partners - to provide the knowledge, skills & reflective supervision to professionals in the field of early childhood as they serve very young children. These activities would ultimately lead to a professional endorsement for service personnel working with young children and their families. This project will do wonders to legitimize the need for attention to our youngest members of the community and provide resources and support for their healthy social and emotional growth.

 
 
 
 Events Committee Chair- Janet Wade 
Prior to taking the position with ESGW in October 2008, I was employed by the Utah Department of Health under the Part C agency, the Baby Watch Early Intervention Program (BWEIP) where I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work on several statewide initiatives including: the Expanding Options for Infant Mental Health committee, a statewide community collaboration to support infant mental health. The outcome of this project was the development of State Practice Guidelines for Infant Mental Health and the foundation of the Utah Association for Infant Mental Health, where I currently serve on the board.
 
 
 
Board Member- William Cosgrove 
I am a pediatrician who retired after 34 years of private practice to devote my time to advocacy for the good of children. I currently serve as the Vice-chair of the Salt lake County Board of Health, the Chair of the Utah Medicaid Medical Care Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Utah Commission, Leader RESULTS Salt Lake City Global Health, and member of the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, the Utah Association of Infant Mental Health, the Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and four Immunization committees.
 
Board Member- Alysse Loomis 

Bio: Alysse Loomis, PhD, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work where her research focuses on understanding the impact of trauma exposure in early childhood and identifying ways to build and evaluate trauma-informed early childhood systems. Her current research explores how early exposure to trauma and other stressors predicts children’s well-being in preschools, including student-teacher relationships. Prior to moving to Utah in 2019, Alysse worked for over six years in Connecticut as an early childhood trauma clinician, including in a federally-funded home visiting program and in private practice. There she was an endorsed infant mental health specialist (IMH-E III) through the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health and has conducted state-wide and school-based trainings on the impact of early trauma and attachment disruptions on children’s health and development.

 
 Board Member- Susan Dickinson 
 
 
 
Board Member- Vonda Jump 
 I am an Assistant Professor in Social Work at the Brigham City Campus of Utah State University, with an emphasis on systems of care affecting infants in orphanages, parent-child relationships during the first several years of a child's life, and an interest in the intersection of physical and mental health, especially for vulnerable families. I have developed and implemented successful interventions and a new curriculum with severely neglected children in orphanages in Ecuador, Haiti, and India; developed and implemented trainings with programs working with vulnerable at-risk families; and was a consultant and trainer for ZERO TO THREE’s Duty to Care training for military families experiencing grief, trauma, and loss. Before obtaining my PhD, I conducted treatment for children with severe emotional disturbances, and led preschool therapy groups for children who were sexually abused. I am a graduate ZERO TO THREE Fellow and past President and current board member for the Utah Association for Infant Mental Health. I currently serve as the Project Director for the Trauma Resiliency Project at The Family Place, with a focus on promoting recovery from traumatic experiences for children and families; educating families, community members, and professionals on ways to prevent trauma as well as the impact of trauma in all developmental domains; and increasing awareness of ways to support resiliency in our community.

 

Mission

To promote a unified understanding of infant mental health across disciplines and programs and to develop a statewide system of resources in support of infant mental health for all families living in Utah.

 

Scope of UAIMH:

  • To facilitate cooperation among individuals and agencies concerned with promoting conditions that will bring about the optimal development of infants and infant-caregiver relationships.
  • To encourage the realization that infancy is a sensitive period in the psychosocial development of individuals.
  • To promote education and research of the effects of mental development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development.
  • To support the implementation of evidence-based programs of promotion, intervention, and prevention designed to foster positive infant-caregiver relationships.

Aims of UAIMH:

  • To promote the understanding of infant mental health issues and the development of programs to enhance infant mental health.
  • To discuss and share questions, problems, issues, information and theories regarding the mental health of infants, their families, parents, and other caregivers through meetings and other formats
  • To disseminate research and to educate health care professionals who study and/or care for infants.