Robert Timothy Gallen
Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Psychology
Coordinator of the MS in Applied Developmental Psychology MS
Coordinator of the Certificate in Infant Mental Health
Department of Health and Human Development

Dr. Robert Gallen Robert Gallen, Ph.D., IMH-E, is currently the Masters’ Program Coordinator for the Applied Developmental Psychology Program at the Univ of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gallen is a Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology.

He received his doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky in 1997, completed his internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital. He has served as a Part C Early Intervention provider since 1998 with Kentucky's First Steps and Allegheny Pennsylvania's Alliance for Infants and Toddlers.

He is the the founding past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental health and a ZERO to THREE Leaders for the 21st Century Fellow. He has served on several boards and panels at the local, state, regional and national level to support infant and early childhood mental health initiatives.

Instructional Interests

He currently teaches graduate level courses in Developmental Psychopathology, Infant Mental Health, Introduction to Counseling, ADP Proseminar and Family Dynamics.

Scholarly Interests

  • Infant Mental Health
  • Reflective Supervision
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental health Workforce Development

Featured Publications

  • Willford, J. A., Gallen, R. T., & Crist, M. (2018). High Impact Learning in Infant Mental Health through Global Engagement, ZERO TO THREE Journal, 63-65.

  • Gallen, R. T., Schmitzer, R., Kirlangitis, K., Willford, J. A. (2018). Maternal competency predicts quality of infant-caregiver interactions. Poster presented to the Zero to Three Annual Conference, October, 2018, Denver, CO.

  • Gallen, R. T., Ash, J., Smith, C., Franco, A., & Willford, J. A. (2016). How do I know that my supervision is Reflective? Identifying factors and validity of the Reflective Supervision Rating Scale. ZERO TO THREE Journal, 37(2), 27-34.

  • Macy, M., Bagnato, S. J., & Gallen, R. (2016). Authentic Assessment: A venerable idea whose time in now. ZERO TO THREE Journal, 37(1), 37-43.

  • Alexander, L., Gallen, R. T., Salazar, R, Shahmoon-Shanok, R. (2012). Fighting fires with reflective supervision in a state early intervention system: Trading an axe for Mr. Roger’s slippers. ZERO TO THREE Journal. 32 (6), 32-37.

Awards and Honors

  • ZERO TO THREE Fellow- Leader for the 21st Century
  • Recipient of the First Annual Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Leadership Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health, Pittsburgh, PA. August 2019

Engagement, Partnerships, and Professional Service

  • The Growing Brain Certified Trainer - Zero to Three

  • The Critical Competencies for Infant Toddler Educators Certified Trainer - Zero to Three

  • Consultant - Ohio Department of Health

  • Trainer - Riverside Publishing for the Battelle Developmental Inventory

  • Ill Endorsement Exam reviewer for the The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
Robert Timothy Gallen


University of Pittsburgh
5115 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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