Leia Saltzman, PhD, LMSW

Associate Professor

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Leia Y. Saltzman joined the Tulane community in 2017. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods, Dr. 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 positive adaptation trajectories such as resilience and posttraumatic growth. Currently, Dr. Saltzman’s work 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. She is a member of the Tulane Center of Excellence in Sex-based Biology and Medicine.

Areas of Expertise

  • Collective Trauma
  • Disaster Mental Health
  • Health Disparities / Health Equity


  • PhD in Social Work from Boston College, School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • MSW in Social Work from Boston College, School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA. Concentration: Clinical Practice
  • B.A (Honors) in Psychology from University of Waterloo, Psychology Department, Waterloo, ON Canada

Selected Publications

  • Saltzman, L. Y., Hall, B. J., Canetti, D. & Hobfoll, S. (2021). Resource loss and satisfaction with social support: Understanding the differential impact of group membership during ongoing political violence. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping.
  • Saltzman, L. Y., Lessen, A., Henry, V., Cross Hansel, T., & Bordnick, P. (2021). Minority health and health disparities during COVID-19. Health Securityhttps://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/hs.2021.0017.
  • Saltzman, L. Y., Terzis, L., Cross Hansel, T., Blakey, J., Logan, D., & Bordnick, P. S. (2021). Harnessing Technology for Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Diary Study Protocol. International Journal of Qualitative Methodshttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1609406920986043.
  • Saltzman, L. Y., Cross Hansel, Y., & Bordnick, P. S. (2020). Loneliness, isolation, and social support factors in post COVID-19 mental health. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 12(s1), S55-S57. https://doi.apa.org/fulltext/2020-43457-001.html.
  • Saltzman, L. Y. (2019). Sex differences in the relationship between child maltreatment, recent bereavement and average heart rate. Journal of Death and Dying, Advanced Online, 1-15. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0030222819894139.
  • Saltzman, L. Y. (2019). It’s about time: Re-conceptualizing the role of time in loss and trauma. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11(3), 663-670. https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Ftra0000435.


For more publications, see Dr. Saltzman's CV or her page on ResearchGate.

Selected Funding

  • 2018-2020 Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar “Sex Differences in the Long-Term Impact of Traumatic Loss on Cardiovascular Health”
  • 2019-2020 Tulane University Lavin Bernick Faculty Research Grant “Traumatic Loss and Cardiovascular Disease in Women”
  • 2018-2019 Tulane University Lavin Bernick Faculty Research Grant “ Temporal Triggers following Traumatic Loss”
  • 2016-2017 Azrieli International Post Doctoral Fellow “Timed Informed Approaches to Studying Trauma and Loss”