Mark Salzer, Ph.D

Mark SalzerPrincipal Investigator and Director
Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Mark Salzer, Ph.D. is professor and founding Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University.   He is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, a research and training center funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Dr. Salzer obtained his bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  He completed his clinical internship at Yale University and a postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research at Vanderbilt University.  He has been a faculty member at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and prior to coming to Temple University was an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Salzer has been the principal Investigator on numerous federally-funded research grants (NIH, SAMSHA, NIDRR) and has more than 80 publications that examine the delivery of effective community mental health and rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. His work focuses on identifying and eliminating barriers to full community inclusion (e.g., work, school, intimate relationships, spirituality, friendships, parenting), promoting the development and utilization of effective supports and mainstream community resources, and enhancing the development and effectiveness of peer support programs.  Dr. Salzer has given more than 200 presentations and provided training and technical assistance to more than one hundred programs, agencies, and government organizations.

Dr. Salzer is involved in the following RRTC (H133B130014) studies: 1) Distance Supported Education: A Randomized, Controlled Trial; 2) Understanding Factors Associated with Community Living and Participation: A Structural Equation Modeling Study; 3) Identifying parental resiliency factors; 4) Welcoming spaces: Characteristics of enabling environments; 5) Supported community inclusion for enhanced housing outcomes: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.

Dr. Salzer’s other projects include:  6) a National Institute on Mental Health Developing Center on Interventions and Services Research study entitled “Adherence and Empowerment: Service Participation and Meaningful Outcomes” (NIMH P20 MH085981-01); 7) Increasing Community Participation in Adults with Schizophrenia (Snethen; NIDRR); 8) Inhibitory effects of verbal violence on community participation among adults with serious mental illnesses: An exploratory study (Temple University CHPSW Dean’s Incentive Grant; with Nirit Karni).

Previous Research Includes:

  • A randomized, controlled study of a peer-delivered supports for persons with psychiatric disabilities in Centers for Independent Living
  • A study of the reliability and validity of community participation measures with individuals with psychiatric disabilities
  • GIS studies of geographic and environmental influences on community participation of individuals with psychiatric disabilities
  • A randomized, controlled multisite trial of supported education for students with psychiatric disabilities
  • A randomized, controlled trial of an Internet-based intervention for custodial parents with a psychiatric disability
  • A randomized, controlled trial of a Cash and Counseling funding model on community participation and independent living
  • A Randomized Study of Internet-Based Peer Support for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Selected Publications (Out of 80+):

  1. Salzer, M.S., & Baron, R.C. (in press). Who is John?: Community integration as a paradigm for transformative change in community mental health. In G. Nelson, B. Kloos, and J. Ornelas (Eds.). Community Psychology and Community Mental Health: Towards Transformative Change. New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Salzer, M.S., Baron, R.C., Menkir, S-M A., & Breen, L. (in press).  Community integration practice: Promoting life in the community like everyone else.  In P. Nemec & K. Furlong Norman (Eds.). Best practices in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Columbia, MD.: United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.
  3. Salzer, M.S., & Brusilovskiy, E. (in press). Advancing Recovery Science: Reliability and Validity Properties of the Recovery Assessment Scale. Psychiatric Services.
  4. Salzer, M.S., Darr, N., Calhoun, G., Boyer, W., Loss, R.E., Goessel, J., Schwenk, E., & Brusilovskiy, E. (in press). Benefits of Working as a Certified Peer Specialist: Results from a Statewide Survey. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.
  5. Byrne, T., Prvu Bettger, J.A., Brusilovskiy, E., Wong, Y.-L. I., Metraux, S., & Salzer, M.S. (in press). Comparing Neighborhood Characteristics of Adults with SMI and Members of the General Population in Philadelphia: Implications for Research and Practice. Psychiatric Services.
  6. Baron, R.C., Draine, J., Salzer, M.S. (2013). “I’m not sure that I can figure out how to do that”: Pursuit of work among people with mental illnesses leaving jail. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 16, 115-135.
  7. Brusilovskiy, E., & Salzer, M.S. (2012). Are Environmental Variables Associated with the Well-Being of Individuals Already Diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness? Social Science & Medicine, 74, 1591 – 1601.
  8. Metraux, S., Brusilovskiy, E., Prvu-Bettger, J., Wong, Y-L I., & Salzer, M.S. (2012). Examining Relationships between Residential Locations and Geographic Accessibility to and Availability of Community Resources for Persons Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness. Health & Place, 18, 621-629.
  9. Kaplan, K., Salzer, M.S., & Brusilovskiy, E. (2012). Community Participation As a Predictor of Recovery-Oriented Outcomes Among Emerging and Mature Adults with Mental Illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35, 219-229.
  10. Salzer, M.S. (2012). A Comparative Study of Campus Experiences of College Students with Mental Illnesses Versus a General College Sample. The Journal of American College Health, 60, 1-7.
  11. Kaplan, K., Salzer, M.S., Solomon, P., Brusilovskiy, E., & Cousounis, P. (2011). Internet peer support for individuals with psychiatric disabilities: A randomized controlled trial.  Social Science & Medicine, 72, 54-62.
  12. Salzer, M.S., Schwenk, E., & Brusilovskiy, E. (2010). Certified Peer Specialist Roles and Activities: Results from a National Survey. Psychiatric Services, 61, 520-523.
  13. Salzer, M.S., Katz, J., Kidwell, B., Federici, M., & Ward-Colasante, C. (2009). Pennsylvania Certified Peer Specialist Initiative: Training, Employment, and Work Satisfaction Outcomes. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 32, 293-297.
  14. Salzer, M.S., Wick, L., & Rogers, J. (2008). Familiarity and Use of Accommodations and Supports Among Postsecondary Students with Mental Illnesses: Results from A National Survey.  Psychiatric Services, 59, 370-375.
  15. Min, S-Y., Whitecraft, J., & Rothbard, A. & Salzer, M.S. (2007). Peer Support for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders and Community Tenure: A Survival Analysis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 30(3), 207-213.
  16. Salzer, M.S. (ed.). (2006). Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills in Practice: A CPRP Preparation and Skills Workbook. United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association: Columbia, MD.
  17. Salzer, M.S., Kaplan, K., & Atay, J. (2006). State Psychiatric Hospital Census Following the 1999 Olmstead Decision: Evidence of Decelerating Deinstitutionalization. Psychiatric Services, 57, 1501-1504.
  18. Salzer, M.S., & Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania Best Practices Team (2002). Consumer-Delivered Services as a Best Practice in Mental Health Care and the Development of Practice Guidelines.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills, 6, 355-382.
  19. Baron, R.C., & Salzer, M.S. (2002). Accounting for employment among people with mental illness. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 20, 585-599.
  20. Salzer, M.S. (1997). Consumer empowerment in mental health organizations: Concepts, benefits, and impediments. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 24, 425-434.