Infant Mental Health Faculty
The Infant Mental Health Dual-Title Degree program has a multi-disciplinary faculty with expertise in working with families and young children. Faculty share common interests in caregiving relationships, attachment, and social-emotional development and they value reflective practice. Together our faculty have expertise in a variety of areas including: domestic violence, trauma-informed interventions, home visiting, reflective supervision, emotion regulation, reflective functioning, child abuse and neglect, postpartum depression, and developmental psychopathology. Visit the IMH Research Page to learn more about how our faculty are contributing to the knowledge base in IMH and engaging with the metro Detroit community to translate their research. Our faculty also collaborate with IMH researchers across the state and are members of the Michigan Infant/Toddler Research Exchange(MITRE).
Ann Stacks, PhD, LMFT, IMH-E (IV)
IMH Program Director
Dr. Stacks teaches Infant Mental Health: Theory to Practice Across Early Childhood
Settings. Her research focuses on caregiver reflective functioning and the effectiveness of
Carolyn Dayton, PhD, MSW, LP, IMH-E (IV)
Associate Director, IMH Program and Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Dayton teaches Infant Mental Health Intervention and the IMH Seminar. Her research
is focused on early parenting processes with an emphasis on fathering in urban settings.
Carla Barron, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E (IV)
IMH Program Clinical Coordinator
Ms. Barron teaches the IMH seminar and works with the School of Social Work to
coordinate MSW IMH field placements. Ms. Barron has worked clinically as an IMH
therapist for more than 15 years and provides reflective consultation.
Marjorie Beeghly, PhD, IMH-E(IV)
Associate Professor, Psychology
De. Beeghly teaches Infant Behavior and Development. She studies the impact of risk and
resilience factors on children's communicative, cognitive, and socio-emotional outcomes,
and how individual differences in parenting and parent-child social interactive processes may
alter these associations.