Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development
University of California San Francisco Department of Psychiatry
Director, Child Trauma Research Program
Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD, is Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development at UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and director of the Child Trauma Research Program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is the senior developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children aged birth-five broadly used nationally and internationally as an evidence-based treatment for traumatized young children and their parents or caregivers. She is the author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler, described as “groundbreaking” and translated to numerous languages. Her professional books on childhood exposure to violence have been translated to several languages, including Arabic and Hebrew, and are used to increase understanding and foster dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians working with young children and their families.
Born in Paraguay, Dr. Lieberman received her professional training in Israel and the United States. Her cross-cultural experience as a Jewish Latina informs her commitment to increasing access and raising the standard of care for low-income and minority children and families. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently the 2016 Rene Spitz Award for Lifetime Achievement from the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), 2016 Hero Award from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, 2017 Whole Child Award from the Simms-Mann Institute, 2018 Blanche Ittleson Award from the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, and 2019 Paulina Kernberg Award from the Weill Cornell Institute.