Endorsed Professionals Directory

The NYS-AIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant-family field.

Endorsement® is cross-sector and multidisciplinary including professionals from child and/or human development, education, nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and others. Endorsement® indicates an individual’s efforts to specialize in the promotion/practice of infant mental health within his/her own chosen discipline.

Those who have earned Endorsement® have demonstrated that the individual has completed specialized education, work, in-service training, and reflective supervision/consultation experiences that have led to competency in the promotion and/or practice of infant mental health. Endorsement® does not guarantee the ability to practice as a mental health professional, although many who have earned Endorsement® are licensed mental health professionals.

First NameLast NameRegionEndorsement
BonnieAllenOntario, New YorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
MiriamArthurSmithtown, NYInfant Family Associate
Mary AnneAssiniNewtonville, NYInfant Mental Health Specialist
GertrudeAtongiBrooklyn, NYInfant Family Specialist
WendyBenderDelanson, New YorkInfant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)/IMHS
SaraBessette MRome, NYInfant Family Associate
DariaBestBrooklyn, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
ChristyBezrutczykPlattsburgh, New YorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
AngelicaCariasBrooklyn, New YorkInfant Family Associate
NancyChapmanNew York, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
SusanChinitzNew York, New YorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
LilianCidJamaica Estates Queens, NYInfant Mental Health Specialist
MaryannCiskalBuffalo, New YorkInfant Family Associate
BonnieCohenBronx, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
SamanthaColsonRochester, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
KarliCoverdaleBlue Point, NYInfant Family Specialist
ShannonCraneVictor, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
LisaD'OrsiRochester, NYInfant Family Specialist
StephanieDavidRochester, NYInfant Family Associate
Rebeccadelgiudiceniskayuna, NYInfant Family Specialist
CassandraElliotIrvington, NJInfant Family Specialist
AmyEngFlushing, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
BethFaulknerJamestown, NYInfant Family Associate
SarahFitzgibbonsRochester, New YorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
JamiFlynnMonroe, NYInfant Family Associate
GilbertFoleyNew York, New YorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
ShannonFortranALTAMONT, NYInfant Family Associate
DebraFruchtmanAlbany, NYInfant Mental Health Specialist
VanessaFunfsinnNew York, NYInfant Mental Health Specialist
Nancy J.GearhartRochester, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
HazelGuzmanBronx, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
SusanHallRochester, New YorkInfant Family Associate
LauraHarfordWoodside, NYInfant Mental Health Specialist
MeginInsalcoROCHESTER, NYInfant Family Specialist
KellyJaneseNiagara Falls, NYInfant Family Associate
YvelisseJimenezBrooklyn, NYInfant Family Associate
Briana MJohannesenRed Hook, NYInfant Mental Health Specialist
SarahKlimanRochester, NYInfant Mental Health Specialist
AmandaKochRochester, NYInfant Family Specialist
JoanikoKohchiNew York, NYInfant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
StacyKurtzPlainview, New YorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
KristinaLacovBethpage, NYInfant Family Associate
CarinLeivaManhatten, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
AllisonLieberJersey City, New JerseyInfant Mental Health Specialist
Maria StellaLundieFloral park, NyInfant Family Associate
RochelleMacerOceanside, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
KenyaMalcolmSpencerport, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
KenyaMalcolmSpencerport, NYEarly Childhood Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
JodyManlyRochester, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
AmandaMillerPenn Yan, NYInfant Family Associate
CaseyMinerBaldwinsville, NYInfant Family Associate
CarolMorrisCOBLESKILL, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Research/Faculty)
RoxanneMunroe formerly WilsonBrooklyn, NYInfant Family Specialist
JenniferMuralRochester, NYInfant Family Specialist
Ashley KMurrayKingston, NYInfant Family Associate
MicheleNeuhausBayside, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
LanhNguyenRochester, NYInfant Family Specialist
Shannon GwendolynNitzSEATTLE, WashingtonInfant Mental Health Specialist
CortneyNornholdOwego, New YorkInfant Family Associate
ChelseaPeckhamRochester, NYInfant Family Associate
KristinPerroneSpencerport, NYInfant Family Associate
AlishaPerryLakewood, New YorkInfant Family Associate
Esther I.PIperPlattsburgh, NYInfant Family Associate
LisaPlaskettNew York, NYInfant Family Associate
SydneyPollock-TobertNew York, New YorkInfant Mental Health Specialist
KimberlyPorter-HuttonRochester, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
KimPumaBuffalo, NYInfant Family Associate
LayneRaskinHartsdale, New YorkInfant Mental Health Specialist
ValynReedRochester, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
SallyRexingEast Elmhurst, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
ChanelRigbyBrooklyn, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
FranshelRodriguezBrooklyn, New YorkInfant Family Associate
CaseyRoot-CaronPeru, New YorkInfant Mental Health Specialist
CarmenRosaNew York, nyInfant Mental Health Specialist
LoriRotoloSanta Rosa, CaliforniaInfant Family Specialist
SarahRuppertBrookfield, CTInfant Family Associate
AlanaRussottiRochester, NYEarly Childhood Mental Health Mentor (Clinical) and IMHS
ColetteRyanQueensbury, NYInfant Family Specialist
MarcySafyerChicago, IllinoisInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
Patricia CaballeroSchillaciRochester, NYInfant Family Specialist
RoseShufeltRochester, NYInfant Family Associate
LauraSigelPeru, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
MeganSmithRochester, New YorkInfant Mental Health Specialist
StephanieSpainwebster, new yorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Policy)
JennySpampinatoSpring Valley, NYInfant Family Associate
CarrieSteinNew York, NYInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
KelseyStoddardSwan Lake, NYInfant Family Associate
KaitlinTownerRochester, New YorkInfant Mental Health Specialist
Tracy LynnTravisPenn Yan, NYInfant Family Associate
SheilaTumielBuffalo, New YorkInfant Family Specialist
LinseyVallettEast Pembroke, NYInfant Family Associate
LeighWardSlingerlands, NYInfant and Early Childhood Family Specialist
Nancy LudwigWatariStaten Island, New YorkInfant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)
Natalie BrooksWilsonIsland Park, NYEarly Childhood Mental Health Mentor (Clinical)


NYS-AIMH has representation from these 7 geographic regions of NYS.

Endorsement involves a standardized process to determine that a professional has accumulated specialized experiences in the infant and early childhood field and has signed a Code of Ethics.

All applicants receive a copy of the Code of Ethics. An applicant’s experiences are documented by the submission of an application that details competency-based training, specialized work experiences, and for most, reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) experiences.

The application also includes official transcripts and three reference ratings. Endorsees as Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor have passed an exam that includes measures of theoretical knowledge, direct service skills, and their capacity to apply these principles into practice. This exam is scored by a team of two reviewers who are blind to the identity of the examinee.

To maintain Endorsement also requires ongoing training and, in the cases of Infant/Early Childhood Family Specialist, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Clinical, ongoing RSC. Endorsees are also required to re-commit to upholding the Code of Ethics annually. Beginning in January of 2022, this commitment includes signing an attestation that the endorsee has not been sanctioned by a licensing board.

Endorsement is not a professional license or a certificate. 

NYS-AIMH Endorsement cannot guarantee the quality of service of any endorsed professional.  NYS-AIMH Endorsement  does not include a process by which complaints or concerns regarding ethics can be filed.  If NYS-AIMH becomes aware of possible ethics violations by an endorsed professional, complainants are encouraged to, when applicable, contact the individual’s professional licensing board. 

The NYS-AIMH Endorsement does not offer monitoring for ethics violations, however if NYS-AIMH learns that an endorsed professional has been sanctioned by a licensing board, the individual’s name is moved to the Inactive Endorsement Registry.  Those professionals will follow the policy for reactivation to the Active Endorsement Registry once the licensing board’s sanctions have been lifted.

Organizational NYS-AIMH Members

We welcome all organizations that share our mission of supporting the mental health of young children.

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