Alicia F. Lieberman

Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD, is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health; Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry; Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital; and a former Board Member and President of ZERO TO THREE.

Alicia F. Lieberman

Director, Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital

Contributions to the Field

Dr. Lieberman is the developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children from birth-5 years old that has shown efficacy in five randomized controlled studies. She has made major contributions to the field’s understanding of attachment, toddler development, and cross-cultural perspectives on early development through her research, writing, training, and consultation.


  • Director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the federally funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Current Research

Treatment outcome research on effectiveness of child-trauma psychotherapy; impact of domestic violence and chronic traumatic stressors on early mental health and child development

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published

  • 2015 Public Health Hero Award, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • 2015 Certificate of Honor, San Francisco City and County Board of Supervisors
  • Book: Don’t Hit My Mommy: A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Children Exposed to Violence and Other Trauma (with Chandra Ghosh Ippen and Patricia Van Horn), Zero to Three Press, 2015
  • Book: The Emotional Life of the Toddler, Zero to Three Press, 2017