Alicia Salzer















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Dr. Alicia SalzerI have been working as a psychiatrist for over a decade with a focus on trauma, and the personal transformation that may come of it when we choose to not remain a victim.

I’ve always been interested in taking Psychiatry to the streets—that is, getting out of the small office in which I do my work, and helping educate and de-stigmatize about mental health topics out in the larger world.

As a radio co-host on "Mornings with Poorman and Dr. Alicia," a call-in daily radio show which I did during my residency in Los Angeles, I first began to understand how many people were suffering in silence, needing support and information, going it alone—and what an amazing opportunity to reach people the media affords.

Years later, as the Director of After-Care for The Montel Williams Show, I appeared in over 100 episodes as the shows on-air trauma expert. Survivors are a tender tribe, in need of solidarity and support. My goal has always been to fuse a blend of education, inspiration and motivation for change. I’m all about building a sense of “Survivor Pride”—that sense of dignity, resilience and empowerment that comes from knowing you have overcome.

Rather than trying to erase our life’s worst moments, my approach embraces them as a source of strength and a springboard for living in vivid color. I believe it is possible to heal stronger than ever. I believe life is waiting for you. And that we may be better suited to be vibrantly and gratefully alive, not in spite of, but because of what we have overcome.

After completing a BA in Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania in 1988, Alicia Salzer went on to pursue an MD from Cornell University Medical College in New York. In 1993, she completed a Psychiatric Internship at The Payne Whitney Institute of New York Hospital followed by a Psychiatric Residency at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles from 1994-1997. She has held several prestigious academic appointments including Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Faculty of Medicine, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY.

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Dr. Alicia Salzer and Montel WilliamsYou may have seen Dr. Alicia on the Montel Williams show, Fox and Friends, or Jami Floyd’s “Best Defense” on Tru TV. Prior to working in TV, Dr. Alicia co-hosted a daily 3-hour radio talk show on Los Angeles' Groove Radio 103.1 FM called "Mornings with the Poorman and Dr. Alicia" in which she offered love, sex and relationship advice to callers and interviewed celebrity guests. Dr. Alicia has also been a guest host on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s "Medical Mondays" on the "Derek and Romaine Show" where she answered call-in questions about relationships and addressed various mental health topics. She has appeared as a guest on SIRIUS “Doctor Radio”, “Larry Flick” and the “Michelangelo Signorile” show.

Alicia has also worked behind the camera as the director and producer of two documentary films and several Public Service Announcements with a focus on the interface between human rights and mental health.

Alicia is on the speaker’s bureau of the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (R.A.I.N.N.). She volunteers her services to Disaster Psychiatry Outreach, an organization which provides mental health staffing and treatment in the aftermath of disasters. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, she dedicated herself to providing counseling and support to firefighters and other workers at the Ground Zero site as well as supporting families of those killed.

Alicia worked for 3 years at a New York clinic created exclusively to care for Ground Zero personnel. She has also worked extensively in an inpatient setting as well as in the psychiatric ER. For several years she worked with traumatized NYC transit workers and served as a forensic expert witness in the area of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For 5 years, Alicia worked as the After-Care Director at the Montel Williams show, ensuring that guests of the show were able to obtain high quality mental health care and social support when they returned home. She currently maintains a Private Practice in New York City and helped to found Medhattan Immediate Medical Care, an Urgent Care Facility in Manhattan.


All content © Dr. Alicia Salzer 2011, Author Back to LIfe: Getting Past Your Past with Resilience, Strength and Optimism
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