Alicia F. Lieberman
Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D. is Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair of Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Trauma Research Program, San Francisco General Hospital.
She was raised in Paraguay and received her B. A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.
She directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the SAHMSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network with the mission of increasing access and raising the standard of care for traumatized children, families and communities across the United States.
She is a member of the board of the Irving Harris Foundation and member of the board of directors and past president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.
She is the developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for children aged birth-five exposed to trauma or multiple adversities.
She is the author or senior author of several books for parents and clinicians, including The Emotional Life of the Toddler; Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children: Repairing the Effect of Stress and Trauma on Early Attachment; Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years: Treating Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood; and Don't hit my mommy: A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Witnesses of Domestic Violence as well as numerous articles and chapters.
She is senior editor of DC: 0-3 Casebook: A Guide to the Use of Zero to Three's Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood and other books on early trauma.
She served on the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, whose work resulted in the publication of the influential From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood, and has been a member of NIMH grant review committees.
She lectures extensively in four continents and is a consultant to universities, government agencies and private foundations nationally and abroad.
areas of special interest are the impact of traumatic exposure and adversity on infants and young children and cultural issues in child and family wellbeing.