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Key Speakers:

Elizabeth Meins (Key Note Speaker)

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of York

Presentation Title – ‘Tuning In’ : Mind-mindedness, maternal mental health and children’s development

The theoretical context for Dr Meins research is broadly Vygotskian, focusing on how early social relationships relate to children's cognitive development. Much of her research investigates how early caregiver 'mind-mindedness' (caregivers' attunement to their infants' thoughts and feelings) predicts children's subsequent social-cognitive and social-emotional development, particularly with respect to children's attachment security and theory of mind.

Elizabeth’s research has informed the NSPCC’s All Babies Count and Minding the Baby programmes and Baby Steps perinatal education service. She also works with clinical psychologists to deliver a mind-mindedness intervention programme to mothers hospitalised for a range of severe mental illnesses. This research was featured on Radio 4’s All in the mind.

Sir Al-Aynsley Green

Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London and President The British Medical Association.

Sir Al Aynsley-Green was University Lecturer and Fellow of Green College, Oxford, then Professor of Child Health in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Professor and Director of Clinical Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the first National Clinical Director for Children in Government, and then first Children’s Commissioner for England, 2005-10.

He is now Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London, and President, the British Medical Association.

He was knighted for his services to children and young people in 2006 and has received many markers of esteem including the Spence Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Prader Prize of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.

Jane Barlow

President of AIMH (UK), Professor of Public Health in the Early Years, University of Warwick, Acting Pro-Dean for Research and Director of Warwick University's Infant and Well-being Unit.

Jane’s main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and in particular the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices and reducing the risk of child maltreatment, particularly during pregnancy and the postnatal period.

Jane Barlow is the current President of AIMH (UK), she is Professor of Public Health in the Early Years, University of Warwick, Acting Pro Dean for Research and Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit.

Dilys Daws

Founder and Advisor AIMH (UK), Honorary Consultant Child Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, UK, Author.

Penelope Leach

Advisor AIMH (UK), Research Psychologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Birkbeck College and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK, Author.

Mary Nolan

AIMH UK Committee Member, Professor, Perinatal Education, Allied Health Sciences, University of Worcester. Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Birth and Parent Education (IJBPE).

Sharon Dawe

Professor, School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

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