Dawn Cannon, MA, RHV, RM, RGN

Director of Training and Education for the Association for Infant Mental Health (UK)
Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit
Director of Infant Mental Health Online
Director of The Parent Infant Interaction Observation Scale
Batchlor of Medicine and Surgery (MB ChB) Reproduction and Child Health Block Lead (Phase 1)
Senior Teaching Fellow Warwick Medical School

Fields of Interest

Infant and perinatal mental health, improving workforce capability and capacity in infant mental health (IMH), Inter‐professional education and practice, medical education.

Short biography

Dawn Cannon is a health professional with over 30 years’ clinical experience of working in the field. Dawn initially trained as a Registered General Nurse, became a Registered Midwife and a Registered Health Visitor. Dawn’s MA was in Educational Studies at the University of Warwick.

Currently, Dawn is Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, which aims to bring together expertise with the goal of providing research, training and innovation in effective evidence‐based ways. Dawn also developed and directs Infant Mental Health Online (IMHOL). This online training is the first standardised training in infant mental health for front line professionals from the multi‐disciplinary team who work with babies/children and their families. One of the aims of IMHOL is to promote an understanding of the concept and development of emotional regulation in the early years and the relationship between emotional regulation and dysregulation to psychopathology, and what this means for clinical practice. Dawn is also the Director of the Parent‐Infant Interaction Observation Scale, which is a screening tool to assess care‐giver sensitive responsiveness.

In addition to this Dawn is the Reproduction and Child Health Lead (Phase 1) on the MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) at Warwick Medical School and a Senior Teaching Fellow.

Previously, Dawn has contributed to the Competency Framework for Perinatal Mental Health Professionals for Health Education England(HEE) and worked with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust developing and delivering their specialist perinatal mental health workforce training. Most recently Dawn has been the Project Lead for the Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework (Pregnancy to 2 years) due to be launched in February 2019. Dawn is the Director of Training and Education for the Association for Infant Mental Health (UK), a member of the Expert Reference Group for HEE on the Perinatal Parent Infant Pathway and a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education.

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