Daniel Bagner, assistant professor of psychology at FIU, has been appointed co-chairman of the Miami chapter of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH).
Bagner will serve with Jackie Romillo, program manager of Early Childhood Development Services in Hialeah.
FAIMH is a non-profit organization working to support healthy emotional development for all children and to promote increased understanding by professionals, parents and caregivers of the importance of infant mental health. FAIMH also works with communities, businesses and public policy makers to understand how early childhood experiences contribute to poor school performance, problems in adulthood and violence.
At FIU’s Center for Children and Families, Bagner conducts research examining evidence-based interventions for children and their families. He has specific interests in the prevention and treatment of young children with externalizing behavior problems and other at-risk populations. He is currently enrolling families in the Infant Behavior Program to obtain a better understanding of behavior problems during infancy. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the program is for families with a 12- to 15-month-old child who displays behaviors that can be difficult to manage including biting, hitting, yelling and whining. Bagner is the author of more than 30 research articles and book chapters and has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
To learn more about FAIMH, visit www.FAIMH.org. To learn more about the Infant Behavior Program, contact the Center for Children and Families at 305-348-0477.