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Barbara Kalmanson

Biography

Barbara Kalmanson, a clinical psychologist and special educator, has worked with infants, children and their families for over 30 years. She did her doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Kalmanson taught at the Infant-Parent Program at UCSF where she worked with Selma Fraiberg.  She was a Harris Fellow of Zero to Three, where she began working with Stanley Greenspan to develop the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). Dr. Kalmanson is currently the Academic Dean of the ICDL Graduate School doctoral program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders. She is a founder of the Oak Hill School, a developmental, relationship-based school for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders.  She practices in San Francisco and Marin County, teaches locally and internationally, and has served on multiple boards of directors, received several honors and awards, and published and presented on infant mental health, early identification and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders, and family-provider relationships.

Research or other Professional Activities

Barbara Kalmanson, a licensed psychologist, maintains an active clinical practice in San Francisco and Marin Co., California, working with infants, children and their families where there is concern about the child's regulatory or developmental capacities. She is a founder of the Oak Hill School in San Anselmo, California, a developmental, relationship-based school for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Kalmanson is engaged in teaching principles of infant mental health and parent mediated intervention for children with autistic spectrum and related disorders. Annually, she teaches a short course at the University of Pisa, Stella Maris Neuropsychiatric Institute, and has recently returned from teaching psychiatrists and pediatricians in Shanghai, China at a World Health Organization teaching hospital.  Locally, Dr. Kalmanson teaches and consults with early childhood services at UCSF, Jewish Family Services, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and several infant mental health agencies including Easter Seals and Through the Looking Glass.  Dr. Kalmanson is the Academic Dean of the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning & Developmental Disorders (ICDL) Graduate School doctoral program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders. Through the ICDL she also helped to develop the DIR Institute, a multidisciplinary case-based clinical training certificate program. She is working on the development of an internet based training and consultation project that will provide professional networks, distance learning opportunities and follow-up consultation for professionals and for parents.  Her research interests include signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the first year of life, and relationship-based parent-mediated, developmental intervention for infants and young children with Autism and related disorders. 

Representative Publications 

Kalmanson, B. Echoes in the Nursery: Insights for the Treatment of Early Signs of Autism in a Baby Sibling. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychology. Vol 8. No. 1, January - March 2009

Kalmanson, B. and Seligman, S.  Process in an Integrated Model of Infant Mental Health in Early Intervention, In G. M. Foley and J. D. Hochman (Eds). Mental Health in Early Intervention: Achieving Unity in Principles and Practice.  Baltimore,MD. Brookes Publishing Co., 2006

Kalmanson, B. Missteps in Mutual Engagement and Regulation: The Effects of Developmental Vulnerabilities in an Infant on Emerging Family Relationships.  Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 2, (2) 199-215, 1998.

Kalmanson, B. Regulatory Disorders Type II: Under-Reactive Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood Casebook.  Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, 233-45, 1997.

Kalmanson, B. & Pekarsky, J. Infant-Parent Psychotherapy with an Autistic Toddler. Infant Mental Health Journal, 1987, 8 (4) (Winter).