Infant Mental Health at ECU makes further international headways


School of Arts and Humanities lecturer Rochelle Matacz has been selected as a Fellow for the 2016-18 ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Class. As one of the 15 Fellows, selected from an impressive pool of finalists, Rochelle will engage in experimental and reflection retreats, individualized mentoring, relationship-building, networking and attend ZERO TO THREE professional meetings in Washington DC and New Orleans over the next 18 months.

Since its founding in 1981, the fellowship has graduated over 280 fellows – representing 36 states and 9 countries. Rochelle is the first Western Australian and only the third Australian to be selected. The ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program envisions a global network of diverse leaders spanning professions and sectors who have the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers to reach their full potential. The fellowship class reflects a diversity of training, expertise, and perspectives that will serve to enrich and elevate the collective experience.

Speaking about the fellowship, Rochelle said that, “In the field of Infant Mental Health (IMH) one of the core principles is ‘relationships matter’. I saw the fellowship as a once in a lifetime opportunity to build relationships with international leaders in the infant-family field and share these experiences and learnings with my colleagues and wider community in Western Australia. I am excited to be coming together with a range of leaders across the many fields involved in the wellbeing of infants, young children and their families.”

As well as a clinical psychologist specialising in IMH and clinical supervisor of the ECU Pregnancy to Parenthood Clinic, Rochelle also lecturers on the newly established Masters of Infant Mental Health course. She provides interdisciplinary, reflective supervision and IMH training to a range of agencies working with infants, young children and their families. Her clinical work in perinatal and IMH has focussed on developing and implementing community and hospital based services with vulnerable families.

If you’re interested in studying Infant Mental Health, visit our Master of Infant Mental Health web page. Here you’ll find information about this and related courses, including videos and galleries about our facilities, our students and our lecturers.