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Vivian Seltzer, MSW, PhD

  • Professor Emerita

Dr. Seltzer is a professor of human development and behavior.

  • She teaches in two schools at University of Pennsylvania, graduate and undergraduate.
  • She is the author of three books on adolescent psychological growth, including original theory on the developmental significance of peers in one another’s psychological growth.
  • She developed an original model of Glitches in Adolescent Development, Diagnostic Instruments, and Peer Arena Lens (PAL) Therapy.

Recent Publication: Peer Impact Diagnosis and Therapy:  A Handbook for Successful Practice with Adolescents, New York University Press: 2009

SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in...

Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

For students in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), having both a...

Faculty & Research

National Survey Examines Emergency Department Management of Deliberate Self-Harm

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SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

Student Life

Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

Four students from the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) shared their research across a wide range of...

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