Barnard Center for Infant Health & Development

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Barnard Center for Infant Health & Development


The Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development provides training opportunities and conducts research related to infant and early childhood mental health.

Established in 2001, the Barnard Center realizes the vision of nurse scientist Kathryn E. Barnard, PhD, FAAN, an international pioneer in the field of infant mental health. In collaboration with the University of Washington School of Nursing, and the Center on Human Development and Disability Dr. Barnard founded the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development (renamed the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development in 2012), a multi-disciplinary resource for research and training.

The Barnard Center supports the professional development of interdisciplinary infant and early childhood mental health practitioners. By providing quality research, training and education that promotes healthy social and emotional development we give young children the best possible start.

We believe that every child has the right to the early nurturing relationships that are the foundation for life-long healthy development.