Mark Salzer

Social and Behavioral Sciences
1700 N. Broad Suite 301A


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 ( 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 150 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 450 presentations 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 a department chair, he oversaw an 80% increase in student enrollment, hired more than 15 faculty members, led a dramatic increase in research funding, 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 $25 million in new service grants.


  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Services Research, Vanderbilt University
  • PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Pre-doctoral Psychology Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine
  • MA, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA, Psychology and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




HRPR 5999

Research Experience in Health Professions


SBS 8009

Health Psychology


Selected Publications

  • McCormick, B.P., Brusilovskiy, E., Nagata, S., Townley, G., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2024). The Role of Acceptance in Everyday Loneliness Among Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Community Ment Health J, 60(2), pp. 308-316. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10597-023-01172-4

  • Tal, A. & Salzer, M.S. (2024). Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Community Functioning and Participation of Adults with Severe Mental Illness or Autism Spectrum Disorders: Global Perspectives and Future Implications. Community Ment Health J, 60(1), pp. 1-4. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10597-023-01205-y

  • Ostrow, L., Cook, J.A., Salzer, M.S., Pelot, M., & Burke-Miller, J.K. (2024). Employment of Certified Peer Specialists in Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas. Adm Policy Ment Health, 51(1), pp. 134-143. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10488-023-01318-2

  • Slanzi, C.M., MacDonald, G.A., Nemoianu, A.T., & Salzer, M.S. (2023). Community Participation of Individuals with Mental Illnesses in Rural Areas: Stakeholder Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators. Community Ment Health J. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10597-023-01217-8

  • Salzer, M.S. (2023). A critical review of conclusions about disclosure of a mental illness on medical school applications. Adv Physiol Educ, 47(4), pp. 889-890. United States. doi: 10.1152/advan.00069.2023

  • Nagata, S., Brusilovskiy, E., Townley, G., McCormick, B., Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2023). Housing and loneliness among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Int J Soc Psychiatry, 69(3), pp. 559-566. England. doi: 10.1177/00207640221119636

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., Brusilovskiy, E., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Community participation as a predictor of depressive symptoms among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Int J Soc Psychiatry, 68(8), pp. 1689-1697. England. doi: 10.1177/00207640211052182

  • Shea, L.L., Becker, A., Lee, B.K., Miller, K.K., Cooper, D., Anderson, K., Salzer, M.S., & Vanness, D.J. (2022). Self-reported COVID-19 vaccination acceptance and hesitancy among autistic adults. Vaccine, 40(24), pp. 3288-3293. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.04.060

  • Townley, G., Brusilovskiy, E., Klein, L., McCormick, B., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Community Mental Health Center Visits and Community Mobility of People with Serious Mental Illnesses: A Facilitator or Constraint? Community Ment Health J, 58(3), pp. 420-428. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10597-021-00821-w

  • Pfeiffer, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Hallock, T., Salzer, M., Davidson, A.P., Slugg, L., & Feeley, C. (2022). Impact of COVID-19 on Community Participation and Mobility in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord, 52(4), pp. 1553-1567. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05054-0

  • Song, W., Shea, L., Nonnemacher, S.L., Brusilovskiy, E., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Correction to: Community Participation Comparison Between Adults on the Autism Spectrum and Adults in the General Population. J Autism Dev Disord, 52(4), p. 1622. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05108-3

  • McCormick, B.P., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., Klein, L., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Getting out of the house: The relationship of venturing into the community and neurocognition among adults with serious mental illness. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 45(1), pp. 18-25. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000483

  • McCormick, B.P., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., Klein, L., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). "Getting out of the house: The relationship of venturing into the community and neurocognition among adults with serious mental illness": Correction. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 45(1), p. 26. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000491

  • Jeffries, V. & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Mental health symptoms and academic achievement factors. J Am Coll Health, 70(8), pp. 2262-2265. United States. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1865377

  • Thomas, E.C., Suarez, J., Lucksted, A., Siminoff, L., Hurford, I., Dixon, L., O'Connell, M., & Salzer, M. (2022). Treatment decision-making needs among emerging adults with early psychosis. Early Interv Psychiatry, 16(1), pp. 78-90. Australia. doi: 10.1111/eip.13134

  • Song, W., Salzer, M.S., Nonnemacher, S.L., & Shea, L.L. (2021). Community participation patterns among autistic adults and associated characteristics: A latent class analysis. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 89. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2021.101884

  • Thomas, E.C., Suarez, J., Lucksted, A., Siminoff, L.A., Hurford, I., Dixon, L.B., O'Connell, M., Penn, D.L., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Facilitating treatment engagement for early psychosis through peer-delivered decision support: intervention development and protocol for pilot evaluation. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 7(1), p. 189. England. doi: 10.1186/s40814-021-00927-8

  • Salzer, M.S. & Karni-Vizer, N. (2021). Exploring the Impact of Verbal Abuse on Recovery: A Mediation Study. Community Ment Health J, 57(5), pp. 994-999. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10597-020-00707-3

  • Shea, L.L., Verstreate, K., Nonnemacher, S., Song, W., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Self-reported community participation experiences and preferences of autistic adults. Autism, 25(5), pp. 1295-1306. England. doi: 10.1177/1362361320987682

  • Salzer, M.S. (2021). Community Inclusion and Social Determinants: From Opportunity to Health. Psychiatr Serv, 72(7), pp. 836-839. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Salzer, M.S., Berg, K.L., Kaplan, K., & Brusilovskiy, E. (2021). Custody challenges experienced by parents with serious mental illnesses outside of child protective services proceedings. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 44(2), pp. 197-200. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000448

  • Ostrow, L., Kaplan, K., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Brusilovskiy, E., Smith, C., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Risk Factors Associated With Child Protective Services Involvement Among Parents With a Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatr Serv, 72(4), pp. 370-377. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Zisman-Ilani, Y., Hurford, I., Bowen, A., Salzer, M., & Thomas, E.C. (2021). Evaluating the feasibility of a decision aid to promote shared decision making among young adults with first-episode psychosis: protocol for a pilot study. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 7(1), p. 22. England. doi: 10.1186/s40814-020-00757-0

  • Snethen, G., Jeffries, V., Thomas, E., & Salzer, M. (2021). Welcoming places: Perspectives of individuals with mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 91(1), pp. 76-85. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000519

  • Snethen, G., Brusilovskiy, E., McCormick, B.P., Hiremath, S.V., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). The Relationship between Community Participation and Physical Activity among Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses. Ment Health Phys Act, 20. England. doi: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2021.100381

  • Salzer, M.S. & Kundra, L.B. (2021). Practicing with a mental illness: state statutes pertaining to licensed mental health professionals. Social Work in Mental Health, 19(2), pp. 196-202. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2021.1897729

  • Leickly, E., Townley, G., Dover, T.L., Brusilovskiy, E., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Exploring urbanicity and its relationship with stigma and well-being outcomes for people with serious mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 91(2), pp. 208-216. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000466

  • Salzer, M.S. (2021). The quandary: Disclosing a mental illness in applications to helping professional academic programs. Stigma and Health. doi: 10.1037/sah0000332

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Depressive symptoms and community participation among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 91(5), pp. 598-606. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000560

  • Nagata, S., McCormick, B., Brusilovskiy, E., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Wilson, S., Snethen, G., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Emotional states associated with being in the community and being with others among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 91(1), pp. 1-8. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000516

  • Nagata, S., Townley, G., Brusilovskiy, E., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). Community Participation Differences Between Adults With or Without Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatr Serv, 71(11), pp. 1191-1194. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Brusilovskiy, E., Klein, L.A., Townley, G., Snethen, G., McCormick, B., Hiremath, S.V., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). Examining the relationship between community mobility and participation using GPS and self-report data. Soc Sci Med, 265, p. 113539. England. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113539

  • Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., O'Shea, A., Suarez, J., Hurford, I., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). An Examination of the Community Participation Interests of Young Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses. J Behav Health Serv Res, 47(4), pp. 526-543. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11414-019-09678-0

  • Fortuna, K.L., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., Brooks, J.M., Townley, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). Loneliness and its association with physical health conditions and psychiatric hospitalizations in people with serious mental illness. Soc Work Ment Health, 18(5), pp. 571-585. England. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2020.1810197

  • Kriegel, L.S., Townley, G., Brusilovskiy, E., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). Neighbors as distal support for individuals with serious mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 90(1), pp. 98-105. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000403

  • Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). Community participation factors and poor neurocognitive functioning among persons with schizophrenia. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 90(1), pp. 90-97. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000399

  • Comparelli, A., Corigliano, V., Forcina, F., Bargagna, P., Montalbani, B., Falcone, G., Nardella, A., Stampatore, L., Salzer, M., & Pompili, M. (2020). The Complex Relationship Among Formal Thought Disorders, Neurocognition, and Functioning in Nonacutely Ill Schizophrenia Patients. J Nerv Ment Dis, 208(1), pp. 48-55. United States. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001087

  • Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., McCormick, B., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). An exploration of linear and curvilinear relationships between community participation and neurocognition among those with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 42(4), pp. 358-365. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000364

  • Croft, B., Battis, K., Ostrow, L., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Service costs and mental health self-direction: Findings from consumer recovery investment fund self-directed care. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 42(4), pp. 401-406. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000374

  • Amiri, A.M., Hiremath, S.V., Salzer, M.S., & Snethen, G. (2019). Predicting physical activity levels in individuals with schizophrenia through integrated global positioning system and accelerometer data. Schizophr Res, 212, pp. 246-248. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2019.07.027

  • Fortuna, K.L., Ferron, J., Pratt, S.I., Muralidharan, A., Aschbrenner, K.A., Williams, A.M., Deegan, P.E., & Salzer, M. (2019). Unmet Needs of People with Serious Mental Illness: Perspectives from Certified Peer Specialists. Psychiatr Q, 90(3), pp. 579-586. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11126-019-09647-y

  • Thomas, E.C., Zisman-Ilani, Y., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Self-Determination and Choice in Mental Health: Qualitative Insights From a Study of Self-Directed Care. Psychiatr Serv, 70(9), pp. 801-807. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • O'Shea, A., Kaplan, K., Solomon, P., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Randomized Controlled Trial of an Internet-Based Educational Intervention for Mothers With Mental Illnesses: An 18-Month Follow-Up. Psychiatr Serv, 70(8), pp. 732-735. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Townley, G., Terry, R., Brusilovskiy, E., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Associations Between Physical Health Limitations and Community Participation Among People With and Without Serious Mental Illnesses. Psychiatr Serv, 70(8), pp. 689-695. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Kundra, L.B. & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Out of the shadows: supporting social workers with a mental illness. Social Work in Mental Health, 17(4), pp. 462-478. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2019.1576155

  • Thomas, E., Suarez, J., Bowen, A., Salzer, M., Hurford, I., Dixon, L., & Zisman-Ilani, Y. (2019). DEMOGRAPHIC, INTERPERSONAL, NEUROCOGNITIVE, AND ATTITUDINAL PREDICTORS OF SHARED DECISION-MAKING AMONG SERVICE USERS WITH EARLY PSYCHOSIS. SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, 45, pp. S303-S304. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbz018.543

  • O'Shea, A. & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Examining the relationship between educational attainment and recovery of adults with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 42(1), pp. 79-87. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000328

  • Kaplan, K., Brusilovskiy, E., O'Shea, A.M., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Child Protective Service Disparities and Serious Mental Illnesses: Results From a National Survey. Psychiatr Serv, 70(3), pp. 202-208. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Terry, R., Townley, G., Brusilovskiy, E., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). The influence of sense of community on the relationship between community participation and mental health for individuals with serious mental illnesses. J Community Psychol, 47(1), pp. 163-175. United States. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22115