Our Team

Faculty & Staff


Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D., Director

Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph.D., Associate Director/Dissemination Director

Miriam Hernandez Dimmler, Ph.D., Associate Director/Community Mental Health Initiative Director

Nancy C. Compton, Ph.D., Training Director/Intake Coordinator

Ann Chu, Ph.D., Associate Dissemination Director/Research Director

Vilma Reyes, Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor/Associate Community Mental Health Initiative Director

Markita Mays, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor

Gloria Castro, Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor

Barclay Stone, Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor

Brooke Kimbro, M.A., R-DMT, Dissemination Coordinator

 

Administrative & Research Staff


Tuesday Ray, B.A., Program Administrator

Alagia Cirolia, B.A., Clinical Research Coordinator

Belén Rogowski, B.A., Research Associate 


 

Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D., Director

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See Dr. Lieberman's UCSF Faculty Webpage

Dr. Lieberman is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Trauma Research Program. She is a clinical consultant with the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She is active in major national organizations involved with mental health in infancy and early childhood. She is past-president of the board of directors of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and on the Professional Advisory Board of the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute. She has served on peer review panels of the National Institute of Mental Health, is on the Board of Trustees of the Irving Harris Foundation, and consults with the Miriam and Peter Haas Foundation on early childhood education for Palestinian-Israeli children.

Born and raised in Paraguay, she received her BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. This background informs her work on behalf of children and families from diverse ethnic and cultural origins, with primary emphasis on the experiences of Latinos in the United States.

Dr. Lieberman is currently the director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN), a collaborative of four university sites that include the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program, Boston Medical Center, Louisiana State University Medical Center, and Tulane University. ETTN is funded by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a 40-site national initiative that has the mission of increasing the access and quality of services for children exposed to trauma in the United States. Her major interests include infant mental health, disorders of attachment, early trauma treatment outcome research, and mental health service disparities for underserved and minority children and families. Her current research involves treatment outcome evaluation of the efficacy of child-parent psychotherapy with trauma-exposed children aged birth to six and with pregnant women involved in domestic violence. As a trilingual, tricultural Jewish Latina, she has a special interest in cultural issues involving child development, child rearing, and child mental health. She lectures extensively on these topics nationally and internationally.

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Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph.D., Associate Director/Dissemination Director

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Dr. Ghosh Ippen is the Associate Director and Dissemination Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She has worked on seven longitudinal studies and has conducted treatment outcome research on the effectiveness of psychosocial intervention programs with Spanish-speaking children and parents. She is co-author of Losing a Parent to Death: Guidelines for the Treatment of Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood (2003), director of the NCTSN Measure Review Database, and producer and director of Vale la Pena Recordar, a Spanish language video on childhood traumatic grief. As a first-generation East Indian/Japanese American, she is committed to examining how culture and context affect perception and mental health systems. She authored the chapter "The sociocultural context of infant mental health: Towards contextually congruent intervention," which is part of the 3rd edition of the Handbook of Infant Mental Health, and co-authored the chapter "Rainbow of tears, souls full of hope: Cultural issues related to young children and trauma," which discusses the importance of incorporating a cultural focus when working with young children who have experienced trauma. She serves as the co-chair of the Cultural Competence Consortium of the NCTSN.

In her spare time she bakes pies with her 11-year old son. She is on a mission to bake 1000 pies in her lifetime and a pie in each of the 50 states.

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Miriam Hernandez Dimmler, Ph.D., Associate Director/Community Mental Health Initiative Director

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Dr. Hernandez Dimmler coordinates community-based mental health outreach services and evaluation at the Child Trauma Research Program. Born and raised in New York City, she received her B.A. from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York where she majored in psychology and the biological sciences. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to complete her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in clinical science and community psychology. Her graduate training was funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Chancellor's Opportunity Fellowship, Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a UC Dissertation-year Fellowship. Her dissertation was titled "Parent Expectations, Knowledge of Student Performance, and School Involvement: Links to the Achievement of African American and Latino Children." Her predoctoral internship training was at the APA accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program in Public Service and Minority Mental Health at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Community Academic Research Training Alliance at the University of California, San Francisco. During both her pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, she received clinical training in child-parent psychotherapy at the Child Trauma Research Program. Her research to date has focused on parenting qualities in relation to children's academic and social competencies, such as parenting factors that predict to achievement and cognitive gains in underserved, ethnic minority students from low-performing elementary schools. As a bi-cultural, bi-lingual Cuban-American from New York City, she is particularly invested in promoting urban children's socio-emotional and academic development through community and school-based preventions and interventions for low-income families.

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Nancy C. Compton, Ph.D., Training Director/Intake Coordinator

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Dr. Compton is the Director of Training at the Child Trauma Research Program where she has worked since the program's inception in 1996. She co-teaches the advanced assessment seminar, supervises trainees, carries a caseload as well as takes referrals for the program. Dr. Compton also provides psychological services to women and children at the Family Justice Center in Oakland, CA. Previously, Dr. Compton was the Director of Research at the Whole Child Initiative, a project launched by Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Marion Wright Edelman with the mission of identifying and supporting model grassroots projects for women and children around the world. She has also been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, worked as a Child Development Specialist at the UCSF Infant Parent Program, a Domestic Violence Specialist for the Alameda County Superior Court and District Attorney's Office, and developed a center for pregnant and parenting Puerto Rican teenagers and their children in Massachusetts. Dr. Compton coauthored Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years: Guidelines for the Treatment of Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Childhood, was the author of African American Children who have Experienced Homelessness: Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience, and coauthored a book on teenage pregnancy for the National Education Association. Dr. Compton's experience and expertise are in the areas of attachment, trauma, and loss.

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Ann Chu, Ph.D., Associate Dissemination Director/Research Director

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Ann Chu, Ph.D., joins the Dissemination Team at the Child Trauma Research Program as part of the Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN), within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). As part of the Dissemination Team, she collaborates with CPP Trainers to create tools that enhance the dissemination of CPP to wider populations and systems (e.g., military families, child welfare, pediatrics).

Dr. Chu received her BS in psychology from the University of Richmond and her PhD in clinical child psychology at the University of Denver. She also completed her predoctoral internship training and postdoctoral fellowship with the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco, where she received training in CPP at the Child Trauma Research Program. Her research examines how trauma impacts vulnerable populations (e.g., young children, youth in foster care, childhood sexual abuse survivors).

Prior to rejoining CTRP, she was a faculty member at the University of Denver Psychology Department. When she returned to the Bay Area, she took a position as Program Director at A Better Way, a Bay Area-based non-profit providing community-based mental health and parent support services to children and families involved in the child welfare system. As an immigrant from Taiwan, she has focused a significant part of her career studying and working with families from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds. She is also dedicated to bringing evidence-based treatment approaches to community mental health service providers in order to improve access to quality care for families from all backgrounds.

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Vilma Reyes, Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor/Associate Community Mental Health Initiative Director

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Dr. Vilma Reyes is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Child Trauma Research Program. Since 2009, she has been providing Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) services, training, clinical supervision, consultation and coordinating community-based mental health outreach services and evaluation. She is a national trainer in CPP and has co-authored articles and chapters on CPP theory and application.

Dr. Reyes developed a CPP-based group intervention, Building Bridges, which has been applied and researched in several community settings including 7 family shelters across 3 counties in the Bay Area, CA. This intervention was adapted to the displaced community in Bogota, Colombia and the Afro-Colombian community in Tumaco, Colombia. This adaptation, Semillas de Apego, is being researched in two randomized controlled studies with a sample size of over 1,200 families. Dr. Reyes has presented this research at national and international conferences, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

In addition to her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Reyes has also earned a Master of Arts in Education and has experience offering consultation, supervision and training in trauma informed systems in school-based settings. Dr. Reyes is an immigrant from Peru and is devoted to increasing access to trauma informed services for Latinx immigrant families. She has done several lectures in national conferences on the intersection of immigration and trauma; with a focus on asylum seekers and refugees exposed to armed conflict, systemic oppression and racism.

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Markita Mays, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor

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Markita Mays, LCSW is on staff at the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program as Clinical Social Worker. As staff, Markita provides clinical supervision, facilitates the Trauma and Multicultural Seminar, and is a Trainer for the dissemination of Child-Parent Psychotherapy. As a liaison with the Tipping Point Community Mental Health Initiative, Markita provides mental health services, consultation and support services at community-based partnership programs, Center for Youth Wellness, Bayview Child Health Center, and The Children’s Advocacy Center.
Markita earned her BA in Human Biology at Brown University, with an emphasis on African American Studies. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work, focusing on Children, Youth, and Families from California State University, East Bay. Her graduate practicum trainings were completed at East Bay Agency for Children’s Therapeutic Nursery School and Early Intervention Services at Children’s Hospital, Oakland. She later received two years of post-graduate clinical training at the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program.
 
In addition to direct service and clinical training, Markita has pursued advocacy on behalf of children of incarcerated parents. She is the co-Founder of the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (ACCIPP), which is a regional coalition focused on those who work with or are concerned about children of incarcerated parents. In her work with ACCIPP, she served as a consultant with Sesame Street on the development and implementation of their toolkit and resources, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration. Markita has also guest lectured on the topic of children of incarcerated parents for many audiences and systems, including the Zero to Three National Training Institute in 2012 and 2013.
 
As an African American, Markita is committed to understanding the intersection and intergenerational patterns of race and trauma for African American families and communities. She co-authored an article titled, Mommy Hates Daddy: A Child-Parent Psychotherapy Story of Engagement, Domestic Violence, and Intergenerational Ghosts, in Zero To Three’s Journal, and worked with CJM Associates on a group curriculum titled, Healing Trauma and Overcoming Stress, specifically targeting African American parents and grandparents raising children.
 
 
 

Gloria Castro, Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor

Gloria Castro, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and Certified Sexual Assault Counselor. Dr. Castro was granted the Fraiberg-Harris Fellowship to complete her postdoctoral training at the Infant-Parent Program, UCSF. Dr. Castro’s clinical work has focused on infant mental health and mental health daycare consultation. She has experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments and developmental neuropsychological assessments for children ranging in age from infancy to adolescence. Dr. Castro is currently working at Child Trauma Research Program on the implementation of Child-parent Psychotherapy during pregnancy and the perinatal period. Dr. Castro provides psychotherapy to pregnant women with history of traumatic experiences throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH), UCSF. She provides infant mental health services to families and newborns at the NICU and has provided mental health services at the High Risk Pediatric Kempe clinic at ZSFGH. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families in various clinical venues including Rape Trauma Services and North Peninsula Family Alternatives (YMCA), in San Mateo County where she developed and implemented a mental health program for immigrant families. She consults, supervises, and trains mental health providers who work with immigrant families and their children who have experienced significant trauma. Dr. Castro has a strong interest on the impact of immigration on family systems, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the impact of trauma on children’s development. Prior to coming to the Infant-Parent Program and Child Trauma Research Program, she worked at the Children’s Hospital, National Medical Center in Mexico City and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

She has presented on national and international conferences, and forums on the topics of parenting in a different culture and on the impact of immigration on the sense of self and motherhood identity. In addition to her work at UCSF, Dr. Castro has taught at Argosy University, American School of Professional Psychology. She also served on the Advisory Board.

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Barclay Stone, Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor

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Barclay Jane Stone is on staff at the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program as a staff psychologist in the Tipping Point Community Mental Health Initiative, focusing on the Transitional Aged Youth/Adult track of the program. As staff, Barclay provides clinical supervision and co-facilitates the Trauma and Multicultural Seminar. As a liaison with the Tipping Point Community Mental Health Initiative, Barclay provides on-site trauma-focused therapy and capacity building at community-based partnership programs including Homeless Prenatal Program and New Door Ventures.

Barclay earned her BA in Latin American Literature with a minor in Education at Dartmouth College. Graduate work in Latin American Literature (and the possibility of continuing to sit in cafes reading poetry) brought her from the East Coast to U.C. Berkeley. She received her master's degree and went on to teach Spanish and work in women's reproductive health locally and abroad until figuring out that clinical psychology was the career that would allow her to meld many of her interests.

Barclay received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Her dissertation was titled "Acculturative Stress in Mexican Immigrant Women and the Nature and Role of Social Support." She completed her predoctoral internship and two years of postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and then worked for 4 years as a staff psychologist at the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center, treating adult PTSD in victims of violent crime, refugees and asylum seekers. In her free time she loves to read, write, hike and spend time with friends and family.

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Brooke Kimbro, M.A., R-DMT, Dissemination Coordinator

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Brooke Kimbro joined our team as Dissemination Coordinator in 2019 after relocating to the Bay area with her family. For most of the past decade, Brooke served as clinical coordinator for a Boston area program that provided therapeutic services to children exposed to violence and their families. She brings working knowledge of dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, having completed several learning collaboratives in her career, including two in Child Parent Psychotherapy. Brooke is also a nationally registered Dance/Movement Therapist. In addition to work supporting the Dissemination Team, she also acts as the Project Coordinator for the Infancy/Early Childhood Mental Health Consortium. In her spare time she can be found hiking and relaxing at the beach with her husband and two young children. In her spare time she can be found hiking and relaxing at the beach with her husband and two young children.

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Administrative & Research Staff


Tuesday Ray, Program Administrator

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Alagia Cirolia, Clinical Research Coordinator

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Belén Rogowski, Research Associate

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