Mark Salzer, PhD is a Professor and former Department Chair in the College of Public Health at Temple University. He has also been the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University RRTC on Community Living and Participation For People with Serious Mental Illnesses, a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, since 2003. The RRTC is part of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (www.tucollaborative.org). Prior to coming to Temple University he was a faculty member at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and was most recently an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Salzer has been the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on more than $30 million in federally-funded research grants, has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on the delivery of effective community mental health and rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities, and has given more than 300 presentations on his work around the world, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Israel, England, Australia, and New Zealand.
His awards include the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award from Temple University, the Bell of Hope Award from Mental Health Partnerships (Philadelphia, PA), the Impact Award from NAMI of PA Montgomery County, and the 18th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Salzer has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, the Australian Broadcast Company, and various other news outlets.
During Dr. Salzer’s seven years as Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences he oversaw an 80% increase in student enrollment, hired more than 15 faculty members, led a dramatic increase in research funding in the Department, and supported successful accreditation efforts in occupational therapy and recreational therapy.
He has served on more than 30 departmental, college, and university committees, including being appointed by the President of the university as Co-Chair of the Periodic Review Report Steering Committee for Middle States Accreditation.
His service to the field has included roles as associate editor of two journals, being an ad hoc peer reviewer for dozens of journals, and participating on more than 40 grant review panels and competitions for U.S. and international funders.
He also works closely with government and community agencies, and has been a part of proposals that have resulted in more than $20 million in new service grants.