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About Virginia Burks Salzer

After completing her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Salzer joined the faculty at Vanderbilt where she remained until 1998. At that time, she accepted an appointment at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she embarked on a longitudinal, multi-site study of the impact of parental treatment for depression on the development of childhood psychopathology. In addition, she has received federal grant funding to examine the impact of the treatment of childhood anxiety on parent-child interactions. This study focuses on the impact of symptom reduction via psychopharmacological interventions and whether or not changes in children's expression of anxious symptoms elicits alternative parenting styles.

Dr. Salzer joined the core faculty at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the summer of 2004. She serves as the vice chairperson of the Institutional Review Board and teaches courses in developmental psychology, developmental psychopathology and dissertation research development. Most of the doctoral candidates for whom she serves as committee chairperson have focused their research on the examination of parent-child relationships in families in which either the parent and/or the child are currently experiencing some form of psychopathology. In particular, the students are examining how parents model and reinforce various forms of psychopathology, with a long-term goal of adopting intervention programs aimed at altering the environments in which children are exposed to aberrant parenting styles.

In addition to her work at PCOM, Dr. Salzer serves as a scientific reviewer for National Institutes of Health grant funding programs and as an ad hoc reviewer for Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Social Development, and Family Psychology.


2004 - Present Associate Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of School Psychology
Present Co-Director of Research, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of School Psychology


Research Interests

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  • Developmental Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Dissertation Research Development


1991 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Developmental Psychology

Contact Information

P: 215-871-6476


Scholarly Articles (8)

Contributions to Books (4)

Conferences and Presentations (17)