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Leia  Saltzman - Tulane University. New Orleans , LA, US

Leia Saltzman

Assistant professor of social work | Tulane University


Leia Saltzman is an expert on trauma associated with community violence and mass disaster.



Leia Saltzman’s research uses mixed methodology to explore the process of adaptation in the context of trauma, community violence and mass disaster. Her previous research has focused on resilience and posttraumatic growth.

Saltzman now explores the role of time in the process of adaptation, with the goal of developing time-informed and sustainable mental health interventions. She is interested in community based research that influences mental health policies and clinical practices with trauma-affected populations in order to promote well-being, build stronger families and more cohesive communities that can withstand the impact of mass disaster, trauma and violence.

Areas of Expertise (5)


Posttraumatic growth

Mass disaster

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Community Resilience

Education (4)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Postdoctoral fellow

Boston College: PhD

Boston College: MSW

University of Waterloo: B.A.

Articles (2)

It’s about time: Reconceptualizing the role of time in loss and trauma.

APA PsychNet

2019 This article explores the universal concept of time with the aim of enhancing our ability to help those affected by loss and trauma as well as those who study and treat them. The help comes in the form of a new framework that focuses on how we think about, and represent, time in scholarship and practice.

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Post-combat adaptation: improving social support and reaching constructive growth

Journal of Anxiety, Stress, & Coping

2017 Posttraumatic stress disorder, a commonly researched mental health outcome associated with trauma, does not develop in the majority of survivors. More common trajectories of adaptation include resilience, and posttraumatic growth (PTG).

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