Articles & Research

The Tenets have been published in several articles (in order of publication):

Thomas, K., Noroña, C.R., St. John, M.S. (2019). Cross-sector allies together in the struggle for social justice Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families. Zero to Three Journal. 

Dean, A., LeMoine, S., & Mayoral, M. (2016). ZERO TO THREE critical competencies for infant-toddler educators™. Washington, DC: ZERO TO THREE.

Ghosh Ippen, C., Noroña, C.R., Thomas, K. (2012).  From Tenet to practice: Putting diversity-informed services into action.  Zero to Three Journal, 33(2), 23-28.

Klawetter, S & Frankel, K. (2018). Infant Mental Health: a lens for maternal and child mental health disparities. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2018.1437495

Osofsky, J., Wieder, S., Noroña, C.R., Lowell, D., & Ramsey Worthy, D. (2018). Effective mental health interventions and treatments for young children with diverse needsZero to Three Journal, 38(3), 32-44.

Shulman, C. (2016). Research and practice in infant and early childhood mental health.  Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

St. John, M.S., Thomas, K. & Noroña, C.R. (2012). Infant mental health professional development.  Zero to Three Journal, 33(2), 13-22.

Velasco-Hodgson, M.C. & Kaplan-Sanoff, M. (2014).  Mothering in a foreign land: Who holds the mother? Zero to Three Journal, 34(6), 25-30.

The Tenets are grounded in the following literature: 

Adams, M., & Bell, L. A. (Eds.). (2016). Teaching for diversity and social justice. Routledge.

Amulya, J., O’Campbell, C., Edoh, M., & McDowell, C. (2003). Transformative learning in social justice organizations through reflective practice. In Fifth International Conference on Transformative Learning, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Banerjee Brown, L. (2017). Circles in the Nursery: Practicing Multicultural Family Therapy. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

Board of Studies New South Wales. (2009). Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Stage 6 Syllabus. Sydney NSW, Australia: Board of Studies NSW.

Brandt, K (2014). Transforming clinical practice through reflection work. In K. Brandt, B.D. Perry, S. Seligman. & E. Tronick (Eds.). Infant and early childhood mental health: Core concepts and clinical practice (pp. 293-308). Washington DC: American Psychiatry Publishing

Choundhury, S. (2015). Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them. Toronto: Between the Lines

Collins, P. H. (1990). Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment.  New York: Routledge.

Collins, P. H. & Bilge, S. (2016). Intersectionality. Malden, MA: Polity Press.

Cooper, B. (2015). Intersectionality. In The Oxford handbook of feminist theory.

Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics. University of Chicago Legal Forum, 139. 

Cruz, M. R., & Sonn, C. C. (2011). (De) colonizing culture in community psychology: Reflections from critical social science. American Journal of Community Psychology, 47(1-2), 203-214.

Eggbeer, L., Mann, T., & Seibel, N. (2007). Reflective Supervision: Past, Present, and Future. Zero to Three Journal, 28(2), 5-9.

Fonagy, P., Steele, M, Steele, H., Moran, G., & Higgitt. A. (1991). The capacity for understanding mental states: The Reflective self in parent and child and its significance for security of attachment.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 12(3), 201-218.

Fraiberg, S., Adelson, E., & Shapiro, V. (1975). Ghosts in the nursery. Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, 14(3), 387-421.

Ghosh Ippen, C., & Lewis, M. L. (2011). They just don’t get it:
A diversity-informed approach to understanding engagement. Clinical work with traumatized young children, 31-52.

Intersectionality in Social Work. (2018). In USC Libraries Research Guides. Retrieved from

Lieberman, A. F. (1985). Infant mental health: A model for service delivery. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 14(3), 196-201.

Lewis, M. L., & Ippen, C. G. (2004). Rainbows of Tears, Souls Full of Hope: Cultural Issues Related to Young Children and Trauma. In J. D. Osofsky (Ed.), Young children and trauma: Intervention and treatment (pp. 11-46). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Lieberman, A. F., Padron, E., Van Horn, P., & Harris, W. W. (2005). Angels in the nursery: The intergenerational transmission of benevolent parental influences. Infant Mental Health Journal26(6), 504-520.

Fitzgerald, H. E., Weatherston, D., & Mann, T. L. (2011). Infant mental health: An interdisciplinary framework for early social and emotional development. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 41(7), 178-182.

Osofsky, J. D., & Thomas, K. (2012). What is infant mental health?. Zero to Three Journal33(2), 9.

Osofsky, J. D., & Lieberman, A. F. (2011). A call for integrating a mental health perspective into systems of care for abused and neglected infants and young children. American Psychologist66(2), 120.

Parlakian, R., & Seibel, N. L. (2002). Building strong foundations: Practical guidance for promoting the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

Slade, A. (2005). Parental reflective functioning: An introduction. Attachment & Human Development7(3), 269-281.

Schon, D. (1983).  The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Basic Books.

Shahmoon-Shanok, R. (2006). Reflective supervision for an integrated model: What, why and how? In G. Foley & J. Hochman (Eds.), Mental health in early intervention: Achieving unity of principles and practice (pp. 343–381). Baltimore: Brookes.

Smith, J. D. (2004). Australia’s rural and remote health: A social justice perspective. Tertiary Press.

Miller, D. (1999). Principles of social justice. Harvard University Press.

Tomlin, A. M., & Heller, S. S. (2016). Measurement Development in Reflective Supervision: History, Methods, and Next Steps. Zero to Three Journal, 37(2), 4.

Weatherston, D. J. (2001). Infant mental health: A review of relevant literature. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 8(1), 43-74.

ZERO TO THREE Infant Mental Health Task Force. (2001, December). Definition of infant mental health. Unpublished manuscript.

The Tenets are grounded in…

Critical Pedagogy

Liberation Psychology

Critical Race Theory

Postcolonial Theory

Feminist Theory

Queer Theory


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