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Man Liu, Ph.D.

Man Liu, Ph.D., joined the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in October 2005 as a Supervising Psychologist in the Individual and Family Support Division.  Since May 2013, Dr. Liu has served as the Clinical Director of the West Region where she provides clinical oversight for psychological and behavioral services.  Dr. Liu conducts case consultations on complex psychological, medical, and behavioral conditions.  Dr. Liu chairs the forensic committee for consumers who are either civilly committed to DDS or show high risk behaviors.  She also coordinates services with other state agencies and provides community-based competency restoration or reintegration for individuals served by DDS who are involved in the judicial system.
Prior to working at DDS, Dr. Liu was a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who worked in the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Correctional Managed Health Care.  She has expertise in jail diversion, clinical care of forensic populations, forensic evaluations, and expert court testimony.  In her 20-plus years of state service, Dr. Liu has directly supervised many clinicians working in inpatient and outpatient settings.  Her professional roles have included: Team Leader in an Assertive Community Treatment and Jail Diversion Coordinator at F.S. DuBois Center in Stamford, CT from 1994 to 1998; Psychologist and Restoration Monitor CVH from 1999 to 2001; Supervising Psychologist in DMHAS Forensic Service Division from 2001 to 2002, and Supervising Psychologist at the Garner Correctional Institute of the Department of Corrections from 2002 to 2005.

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Dr. Liu is a Chinese-American who immigrated to the U.S. in 1983.  She became a United States citizen in 1995.  Dr. Liu received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, summa cum laude, in 1987 from Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California. She was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Psychology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.  From Yale, she earned a Master of Science in 1989 and a Master of Philosophy in 1991.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from Yale in 1996.
In 2006, Dr. Liu was directly commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corp.  In September 2008, she was called to an active duty tour in Camp Shelby, Mississippi.  In response to the high demand of behavioral health service needs, Dr. Liu extended her tour in Mississippi three times until October 2012.  She was the Officer-in-Charge in the Behavioral Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Sector of the Medical Task Force Shelby.  She led a behavioral health team of 16 staff and served over 68,000 mobilized soldiers before and after their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.   Dr. Liu was promoted to Major and received Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for her commitment and leadership to soldier care and her service to the combat troops.