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Alicia F. Lieberman

Director, Child Trauma Research Program, San Francisco General Hospital

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; and Director of the 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.


    • Board of Directors – 1989 – 2018: Past President and Vice President
    • Executive Committee
    • Committee on the Board
    • Advancing the Field Standing Program Committee
    • Knowledge Development Standing Program Committee
    • DC:0-5R Revision Task Force
    • DC:0-3 Research Workgroup
    • Taskforce on Parent Education Materials
    • Child Welfare Workgroup
    • Early Head Start Board Advisory Taskforce
    • Local Community Initiatives Taskforce
  • Director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the federally funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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


Dr. Lieberman continues to contribute her time and expertise to ZERO TO THREE through presentations and keynotes at the LEARN conference series. She was honored by ZERO TO THREE in 2020 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of early childhood.