Health Psychology

Alicia Lieberman, PhD

PhD, The Johns Hopkins University
Professor of Medical Psychology

Phone: (415) 206-5377
Fax: (415) 206-5328
E-mail: alicia.lieberman@ucsf.edu

Department of Psychiatry

Research Interests:

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 Project, San Francisco General Hospital.  She directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is currently president of the board of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and the author or senior author of several books for parents and clinicians, including The Emotional Life of the Toddler; Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years: Treating Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood; Don’t hit my mommy: A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Witnesses of Domestic Violence, and Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children: Repairing the Effect of Stress and Trauma on Early Attachment, 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. 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 is the author of over 50 articles and chapters about infancy and therapeutic interventions in the early years. She lectures extensively in four continents and is a consultant to government agencies and private foundations nationally and abroad.

Selected Publications:

Lieberman AF, Van Horn P, Ozer E. (2005). The impact of domestic violence on preschoolers: Predictive and mediating factors. Development and Psychopathology, 17(2), 385-96.

Lieberman AF. (2004). Traumatic stress and quality of attachment: Reality and internalization in disorders of infant mental health. Infant Mental Health Journal, 25(4), 336-351.

Lieberman AF, Compton NC, Van Horn P, Ghosh Ippen C. (2003). Losing a parent to death in the early years: Guidelines for the treatment of traumatic bereavement in infancy and early childhood. Washington, D. C.: Zero to Three Press.