Piplo Productions is our small contribution to make the world a little better.
Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph.D.
Creator and Author
Chandra combines her love of story and cute creatures with her training in clinical psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1999 and completed pre and postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is currently the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at UCSF and the Director of Dissemination and Implementation for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She has co-authored over 20 publications related to trauma and diversity-informed practice including the book Don't Hit My Mommy, which is the manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy. She has over 15 years of experience conducting trainings nationally and internationally.
As a first generation East Indian/Japanese American who is fluent in Spanish and past co-Chair of the Culture Consortium of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, she is committed to examining how culture and context affect perception and mental health systems.
She also has a lifetime mission to bake 1000 pies and a pie in all 50 states.
Erich Ippen, Jr.
Illustrator and Designer
As a boy, Erich was always interested in cartoons and character design. In his professional career, as a digital artist and technical director at Industrial Light and Magic, he has created visual effects for movies like Rango, Harry Potter, The Avengers and Star Wars and many others.
Raiden's goals include using technology to address problems caused by climate change, but he is happily lending his growing technical knowledge to Piplo Productions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he supported the translation of Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together into other languages by providing technical support and formatting.
Loki reminds us all to take breaks, live in the moment, purr deeply, and connect with those you love. It would be a much better world if we all followed his example.
Oli's version of mindfulness includes being aware of needs and making sure they're attended to, stretching, playing, being physically active, and living in the moment. He's very good at helping us see how much fun you can have with simple things, like a paper bag or a ball of paper.
Piplo's family was seriously affected by hurricanes (see Trinka and Sam and the Rainy Windy Day), tornadoes (see Trinka and Sam and the Swirling, Twirling Wind), COVID-19 (see Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam and Littletown Work Together), displacement, and family conflict that resulted from so much stress. Given all these stressors, our family often wondered what became of poor Piplo. We are happy to share that with the support of family, friends, and community (and a lovely trauma-informed therapist), Piplo has grown to be a strong, creative, funny, and loving mouse who serves as an inspirational character for Piplo Productions. Piplo reminds us to both acknowledge stressful and traumatic events and their impact on development and relationships and remember that we are not defined by them.