Selma Fraiberg, Betty Tableman, Hiram E. Fitzgerald and Deborah J. Weatherston Awards

We, who have been called to work with infants, toddlers and their families, have established four awards to honor the contributions that Selma Fraiberg, Betty Tableman, Hiram E. Fitzgerald and Deborah J. Weatherston have made to the promotion of infant mental health in Michigan and around the world.

The four awards are presented in recognition of extraordinary service in three separate categories – service, policy and research. This year, the awards will be presented at the MI-AIMH Biennial Conference, “Relationships Heal: The Transformative Power of Connection,” May 5 – 7, 2019 at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest Resort.  

The Selma Fraiberg Award is given to an individual and/or group in recognition of outstanding contributions to Michigan infants and their families.  These contributions may include direct service delivery, program development and administration, leadership, and/or training and professional development.

The Betty Tableman Award recognizes advocacy and public activity that promote the welfare of infants and their families.  MI-AIMH members as well as legislators, other officials, advocates, members of the media, foundation directors, and other citizens not professionally involved in service delivery may be honored by this award for their contributions.

The Hiram E. Fitzgerald Award is given to an emerging scholar/researcher who is committed to strengthening relationships between infants/young children and their families.  This award will be given to recognize an individual and/or group whose research is innovative and dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for infants/young children and their families.

The Deborah J. Weatherston Promising Practitioner Award is given to an early career infant mental health practitioner who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to infants, toddlers, and their families and whose work embodies the spirit of the relationship-based tenets that serve as the foundation of MI-AIMH’s competencies and practice standards.​​

We invite all who are involved in work with infants and families to carefully consider nominees who exemplify the work of Selma Fraiberg, Betty Tableman’s advocacy efforts, Hiram E. Fitzgerald’s dedication to research and scholarship in the field of infant mental health, and Deborah J. Weatherston’s commitment to working with infants and toddlers and their families.  Each award recognizes, in an equally important way, Michigan professionals who support the health and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.


Interdisciplinary in membership, MI-AIMH encourages nominations from a variety of areas:  mental health, infant and early childhood, special education, social services, public health, colleges and universities, hospitals, the legislature, etc.

Several criteria have been identified by which nominees’ contributions to the promotion of infant mental health are evaluated:

  • Commitment to the enhancement of the quality of life for infants, toddlers and families;
  • Initiation and/or facilitation of change;
  • Mentorship of others;
  • Publications and/or presentations;
  • Policy formation, analysis and/or implementation
  • Innovation
  • Leadership and/or contributions to Michigan based local/state IMH association

Steps to Nominate:

  1. Identify the person you wish to nominate for the specific award;
  2. Provide a narrative account of the reasons why this person should receive the award. Include the nominee’s contributions, using the criteria outlined above to guide you;
  3. Include a vita, resume or biographical sketch of the nominee;
  4. Include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three individuals who will serve as references/endorsees the nomination. The Awards Subcommittee may choose to follow up with these individuals for additional information about your nomination (a minimum of one reference will be contacted).

Nominations must be completed and turned in on or before the deadline to be considered. The deadline for submission is December 3, 2018.  Please email your submission to

Questions?  Please email them to

2017 Award Winners

Selma Fraiberg Award  

Bonnie Daligga

This award honors the legacy of Selma Fraiberg who pioneered relationship-based services for infants, toddlers and their families.  The 2017 Selma Fraiberg award is presented to Bonnie Daligga, MA, IMH-E® (IV). Bonnie Daligga has been an infant mental health specialist since 1986.  With an Infant Mental Health post-graduate certificate from Merrill-Palmer Institute, Wayne State University (the first such program in the US) and a master’s degree in Human Development and Relationships, she has 34 years of direct service to young children and their families and has been a supervisor/developer of an array of infant-parent programs in the metro Detroit area since 1995.  Bonnie currently offers reflective supervision and/or consultation to multiple Wayne and Oakland County IMH and Early Head Start programs, to Reflective Supervision providers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to a number of individuals around Michigan as well as in Dublin, Ireland, where in 2010-2012, she lived and worked providing infant mental health trainings and leading the development and embedding of IMH promotion, prevention and early intervention services at youngballymun, an ambitious urban initiative in an economically challenged region focused on improving the lives and outcomes for all the children in the area.  Bonnie has returned several times to offer training and continues to provide reflective consultation via Skype to the programs in Dublin as well as previously offering training to County Tipperary IMH and early childhood service providers.  Bonnie is passionate about mentoring and supporting the growing cadre of professionals who can help parents around the world to fall in love with their babies with adequate supports for their roles in nurturing the future of humanity.

Betty Tableman Award 

The Betty Tableman Award recognizes public actions that promote the welfare of infants and their families. The 2017 Tableman award is presented to Katherine Rosenblum, PhD, IMH-E® (IV-C/R/F), and Maria Muzik, MD, MS. 

Kate Rosenblum

Dr. Rosenblum is a clinical and developmental psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry, where she directs the Women and Infants Mental Health Program and co-directs the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic.  Dr. Rosenblum is also the psychologist consultant to the UM School of Law’s Child Advocacy Clinic, a member of the Academy of Fellows with the national organization Zero to Three, and holds Level 4 endorsement as both a Research and Clinical Faculty Mentor with the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.  Dr. Rosenblum is a member of the newly convened Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®.  Her research, teaching and clinical work focus on parenting, infant, and early childhood mental health.  Dr. Rosenblum has published numerous peer-review articles and book chapters, and she directs a number of federally- and foundation-funded studies with a particular focus on infancy, early childhood, military/veteran families, and support for parents with mental illness.  Many of the families she works with have experienced significant disruptions, including separations, trauma, and/or loss.  In these contexts, her work focuses on strengthening protective factors to enhance family resilience. Over the past several years, Dr. Rosenblum has worked closely with Dr. Maria Muzik at the University of Michigan in leading a statewide evaluation of Infant Mental Health Home Visiting, partnering with faculty from five Michigan universities, multiple community mental health service providers, infant mental health specialists, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, with the goal of building a strong evidence-base for this critical mental health service.

Maria Muzik

Dr. Muzik has been faculty at the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry since 2006 where she conducts cutting-edge research, provides excellent clinical care to her patients, and is a highly valued educator to trainees.  Dr. Muzik’s background is in adult psychiatry with focus on women’s mental health, and she completed medical school and a psychiatry residency at the University of Vienna in Austria before coming to Michigan for more intensive research training. While still in Austria, Dr. Muzik worked at the university-based methadone clinic for perinatal women. After years of research in Detroit at Wayne State University investigating the effects of cocaine and alcohol exposure to infant and young child development, Dr. Muzik retrained in psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and then joined the faculty.

Dr. Muzik leads as medical director a large clinical enterprise at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, the Women and Infants Mental Health Program, serving hundreds of women with pregnancy or postpartum related mood difficulties and their families each year. She also leads the integrated behavioral health outreach to obstetricians and pediatricians serving perinatal women through the University.   In this context, she also attends in the UM high risk OB clinic serving women with opioid use disorders and provides evidence –based medically assisted treatments. Dr. Muzik is also the perinatal consultant to primary care, MIHP, infant mental health and a mother-infant partial hospital program (Pine Rest Grand Rapids) across the state of Michigan.

Dr. Muzik’s background is also in parent-child psychotherapy and developmental psychology. She completed training through the Psychoanalytic Institute in Austria, trained at the Tavistock clinic in London, UK in baby observation, and then went on to be trained as parent-infant psychotherapist through the University of Michigan and the University of San Francisco.  She also is a fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and has received research support through the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations.  On a state level, she collaborates with community agencies across Michigan on intervention research to serve families and especially mothers with mental health conditions and their young children. Her specific research focus is the study of stress, trauma and mental illness in the context of childbearing, its influence on the developing parent-infant relationship and parenting, and how to support families to overcome adversity and build resilient relationships with their children. Most recently, she has been together with Dr. Rosenblum co-leading an evaluation study on the effectiveness of the Michigan Infant Mental Health-Home Visiting intervention.

Dr. Muzik received funding for her research through mechanisms including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, foundation grants including the Robert Wood Johnson and Flinn Foundation, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicaid Match Program in Michigan

The Hiram E. Fitzgerald Emerging Scholar/Researcher Award

Sarah Shea

The Hiram E. Fitzgerald award is given to an emerging scholar/researcher who is committed to strengthening relationships between infants, toddlers and their families and whose research is innovative and dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for infants, toddlers and families. The 2015 Fitzgerald award is presented to Sarah Shea, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E® (IV). Sarah Shea is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University.  She has provided infant parent psychotherapy in outpatient and home-based settings, serving families impacted by oppression, poverty, and violence.  Dr. Shea’s research includes a focus on the evaluation of reflective supervision and she has co-authored reflective supervision self-efficacy measures that are now being used across the country by members of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.  Dr. Shea has been the primary investigator for several evaluations of MI-AIMH sponsored training series and is committed to contributing to the scholarship on infant mental health training and professional development.  In addition, Dr. Shea’s research also includes exploratory research regarding the experiences of providing clinical services to infants and toddlers in foster care and their families, giving voice to this extremely vulnerable population and highlighting the tremendous impacts of infant mental health services.

The Deborah J. Weatherston Promising Practitioner Award

Danielle Davey

The Deborah J. Weatherston Promising Practitioner Award is a new award designed to celebrate and recognize early career infant mental health practitioners.  This award will be given to an early career infant mental health practitioner who has demonstrated a commitment to infants and toddlers and their families and whose work reflects the relationship-based tenets that serve as the foundation of MI-AIMH’s competencies and practice standards.  The 2017 award is presented to Danielle Davey, MSW, LLMSW, IMH-E® (II). Danielle Davey graduated in 2012 from Wayne State University with her Master’s in Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health. She is a thoughtful, compassionate and skillful Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health therapist at The Guidance Center in Southgate, Michigan. Danielle has taken on leadership roles through committee work and IMH trainings. Danielle pursued her passion for work with babies and toddlers in foster care recently collaborating with Kate Rosenblum, PhD and Maria Muzik, MD from the University of Michigan. Danielle is a co-author for “Strong Beginnings,” a foster parent and biological parent intervention that received a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

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