Speakers

Alicia Lieberman, PhD
Alicia Lieberman, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D., 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. Her research involves treatment outcome studies with traumatized young children from low-income and under-represented minority groups. She is the author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler, described as “groundbreaking” and now in its second edition to mark its 25th year in continuous print. She is also the author of numerous professional books and articles on early childhood mental health. Her work has been translated to several languages, including Arabic and Hebrew, and is used to increase understanding and foster dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians working with bereaved and traumatized young children and their families. Born in Paraguay, she 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 on national organizational boards and in 2019 was appointed to the California Early Childhood Policy Council. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including in recent years 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, 2019 Paulina Kernberg Award from the Weill Cornell School of Medicine, and 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and their Families.

Disclosures: Financial - Dr Lieberman receives a salary for her role as Professor & Vice Chair for Faculty Development at UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She will receive a speaking fee from Profectum Foundation for her presentation at this Conference.
Non-Financial - No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Linda Gunsberg, PhD
Linda Gunsberg, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Consulting Editor for the Journal, Psychoanalytic Inquiry
Dr. Gunsberg is in private practice in New York City and sees children of all ages, families, and adults; she is a consulting editor for the journal, Psychoanalytic Inquiry.

Disclosures: Financial - Dr Gunsberg receives a honoraria for her position in her private practice.
Non-Financial Dr Gunsberg is the Co-chair, Psychoanalysis and the Law Discussion Group, American Psychoanalytic Association

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Serena Wieder, PhD
Serena Wieder, PhD
Clinical Director, Profectum Foundation
Dr. Serena Wieder is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Wieder is a Board Member of Zero to Three and also serves on advisory boards to various programs serving infant mental health and other special needs. She established DIR-Israel and provides consultation and training to international and national programs.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Wieder has pioneered important approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health and developmental disorders. She co-developed the DIR model with Stanley Greenspan, edited two diagnostic manuals for infants and young children, and created models for interdisciplinary post-graduate case based training and work with parents. She has co-chaired and organized national and international conferences integrating development, neuroscience and intervention approaches for nearly 20 years. Dr. Wieder also developed approaches to integrate visual-spatial knowledge to advance emotional and cognitive development. Her research interests concern
follow up studies of children on the autism spectrum who have received DIR model comprehensive interventions and the evaluation of training and educational programs.

Dr. Serena Wieder co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child With Special Needs and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Stanley Greenspan, M.D. They also co-edited Infants in Multi-Risk Families as well as the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children (DMIC) and the original Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 03). Most recently, Dr. Wieder co-authored Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling, and Movement with Harry Wachs, O.D. She has published numerous journal and book chapters and presents at multiple conferences nationally and internationally.

Disclosures: Financial: Dr. Wieder is in private practice and receives salary. Dr Wieder is author of Engaging Autism and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, co-authored with Stanley Greenspan. They also chaired the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children and Zero to Three Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy; The Child With Special Needs and receives royalties from these books. Dr Wieder has also co-authored a book with Dr Harry Wachs, Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement, and receives royalties.
Non-Financial: Dr Wieder is the Clinical Director of Profectum Foundation.

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Gilbert Foley, EdD, IMH-E
Gilbert Foley, EdD, IMH-E
Consulting Clinical Psychologist, New York Center for Child Development & Clinical Co-Director, Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC), Senior Faculty, Profectum Foundation
Gilbert M. Foley, EdD, IMH-E, currently serves as Consulting Clinical Director at The New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) in Manhattan and consulting psychologist and faculty member of the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi University. He is a retired tenured faculty member from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he taught for 20 years in the Department of School-Clinical Child Psychology and coordinated the Infancy Early Childhood track. For 13 years, he was Senior Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital Center following his tenure as Chief Psychologist in the Department of Pediatrics’ Special Needs Preschool Program at Schneider Children’s Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center.Dr. Foley has focused his entire career as a psychologist and educator primarily in the field of infancy and early childhood. He began as the psychologist for the Berks County (PA) Preschool, Head Start and Childcare Programs. Following this position, he directed and served as Principle Investigator of the Family Centered Resource Project, a federally funded model/demonstration, outreach and technical assistance agency that provided training and consultation to infant/early-childhood professionals and programs across the nation. While serving as the Chief Psychologist in the Pediatric Department of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, he trained in psychoanalysis and also completed a fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center with the late, Sally Provence.

Dr. Foley is co-author of the Cognitive Observation Guide (Communication Skill Builders/Psych. Corp), The Supportive Play Model (Teacher’s College Press) and with Dr. Jane Hochman, Mental Health in Early Intervention: Achieving Unity in Principles and Practice (Paul H. Brookes). The Loss-Grief Model developed by Dr. Foley, is the official approach adopted by the State of Colorado Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Children’s Parent Program. He is the author of numerous articles and has lectured nationally and internationally recently returning from a lecture tour in South Africa and was an invited speaker at the first international conference on preschool education in China sponsored by UNICEF and Nanjing University.

Dr. Foley serves as a faculty member at the Parent-Infant Study Center of The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), New York City; The Institute for Parenting, Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health, Adelphi University; The DIR Floortime® Institute of Profectum Foundation, The Interdisciplinary Council for Learning and Developmental Disorders(ICDL)/Fielding University Ph.D. program in Child Development and the College of Education and Human Services, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

He is a founding board member of the Pennsylvania Association of Infant Mental Health and has served as a co-president of the New York Zero to Three Network and president of the Association of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology. His work has been acknowledged by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, The State of Connecticut Birth to Six Planning Committee, The State of Kansas and the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens. He served as a member of the State of Pennsylvania Task Force on the family.

Disclosures: Financial: Dr Foley is a consultant for New York Center for Child Development and receives a consulting fee.
Non-Financial: Dr Foley is an Advisory Board/Faculty member of Profectum Foundation. A Board Member of New York State Association for Infant Mental Health, and an Advisory Board Member of New York Zero to Three Network.

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Mona Delahooke, PhD
Mona Delahooke, PhD
Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, Senior Faculty, Profectum Foundation
Mona Delahooke, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience caring for children and their families. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting families of neurodiverse children, adolescents and adults. She is a trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Delahooke is a member of the American Psychological Association and holds the highest level of endorsement in the field of infant and toddler mental health in California, as a Reflective Practice Mentor (RPM). She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to parents, organizations, schools, and public agencies. Dr. Delahooke has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based, neurodevelopmental interventions for children with developmental, behavioral, emotional, and learning differences.

Disclosures:
Financial: No relevant financial disclosures.
Non-Financial: Dr Delahooke is a Faculty member of Profectum Foundation.

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Connie Lillas, RN, MFT, PhD
Connie Lillas, RN, MFT, PhD
Licensed MFT, RN, Neurodevelopment Researcher and Psychoanalyst, Senior Faculty, Profectum Foundation
Connie Lillas, Ph.D., MFT, RN, is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute with a background in high-risk maternal-child nursing, family systems, developmental psychoanalysis, and is a National Graduate ZERO TO THREE Fellow. Connie has a full-time private practice, specializing in dual diagnosis across both developmental delays and mental health concerns for birth-to-five-year-olds and their families. She donates her community service time to a pilot called Fostering Family Partnerships where she serves as a Court Team Liaison for child welfare reform in South Central Los Angeles. Her duties include training court personnel from judges to social workers to infant mental health specialists. In addition, she trains local, national, and international cross-sector communities on the use of the Neurorelational Framework (NRF, 2009) as a common and unifying language that all sectors can use in an effort to decrease discipline-specific fragmentation and to increase cross-sector collaboration. Her book is a part of W. W. Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Series.

Disclosures: Financial: Dr Lillas receives royalties from W.W. Norton & Company as the author of Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Relationship-Based Therapies: A Neurorelational Framework for Interdisciplinary Practice. She receives a consulting fee as the Director of NRF Institute: Research to Resilience.
Non-Financial: Dr Lillas is a faculty member of Profectum Foundation, a member of Zero to Three and board member of Child Trauma Academy.

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