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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

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