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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; Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital; and a former Board Member and President of ZERO TO THREE.

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