Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D. holds the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair of Infant Mental Health in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, where she is also Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs. She is Director of the Child Trauma Research Program, San Francisco General Hospital and clinical consultant with the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She is past president of the board of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and is on the board of trustees of the Irving B. Harris Foundation.
Born and raised in Paraguay, she received her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ph.D. from The John Hopkins University. This national and cultural background informs her work on behalf of children and families from diverse ethnic and cultural origins. Her major interests include infant mental health, disorders of attachment, child-parent interventions with families experiencing multiple adversities, the effects of trauma and domestic violence in the first years of life, and treatment outcome research with traumatized young children and their parents. She is the lead developer of child-parent psychotherapy, an evidence-based, culturally informed treatment for traumatized young children and parents that is disseminated nationally and abroad. She is the author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler, which has been translated to several languages, and senior author of Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years: Treating Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood; Don’t Hit My Mommy!: A Treatment Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Witnesses of Family Violence; and Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children: Repairing the Effect of Stress and Trauma on Early Attachment. She has edited or co-edited several books and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on infant and early childhood mental health, including treatment of attachment disorders and traumatic stress. She was a member of the Attorney General Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and has served in review panels for NIMH and other federal agencies. She lectures extensively in four continents and is a consultant to government agencies and private foundations nationally and abroad.
Dr. Lieberman is currently the Director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN), a collaborative of four university sites that include the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Project, Boston Medical Center, Louisiana State University Medical Center, and Tulane University. ETTN is funded by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a 80-site national initiative that has the mission of increasing the access and quality of services for children exposed to trauma in the United States. The program focuses on training clinicians, community providers and clinical researchers to help close the gap in services for low-income, culturally diverse underserved families and their young children.