HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Alicia Salzer, M.D.

Renowned Psychiatrist and Expert on Emotional Recovery


  • Back to Life: Getting Past Your Past with Resilience, Strength, and Optimism
  • Who's Your Hero? What We Can Learn from the Coping Strategies of the People We Most Admire
  • The Art of Survivorship: The Secrets of People Who Overcome with Strength and Grace
  • Coping in Crisis: What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do
  • Spring Cleaning for Your Mind: Ditching Negative Influences and Creating a Life That Inspires
  • Resilience 1: Building Emotional Equity and a Sound Social Safety Net
  • Resilience 2: Jumpstart Your Sense of Emotional Empowerment
  • A Balanced Emotional Diet: Less Junk Food, More Soul Food


New York

Alicia Salzer M.D. is a shrink on a mission to share with people the secrets and skills to get "back to life." The author of Back to Life: Getting Past Your Past with Resilience, Strength and Optimism (William Morrow), Salzer has worked at Ground Zero as a rescue worker, and as a volunteer for the Disaster Psychiatry Outreach at the 9/11 Family Assistance Center. As the Director of Aftercare for The Montel Williams Show for five years, she appeared in over 100 episodes helping victims overcome trauma by implementing her revolutionary Positive Psychology techniques. A sought-after keynote speaker, she has spoken at the American Psychiatric Association National Conference on topics ranging from physicians in the media to gay parenting. Using methods from her own practice, Salzer has empowered trauma victims across the world to finally live the life they deserve.

In her "Back to Life" talks, Salzer reveals a wise, sympathetic, and practical guide for overcoming traumatic setbacks, and living a normal, happy life without being a victim. Rooted in the science of Positive Psychology and resilience theory, these techniques are specially tailored to those trying to overcome traumas big and small - from Big-T Traumas, such as combat, abuse, and bereavement, to challenges one might think of as little-t traumas, like breakups, betrayals, job loss, health problems, and financial hardships. Full of accessible and fun exercises to help you try on the rose-colored glasses of survivors we all admire, her keynote speeches present a creative and empowering way of getting to know what you stand for, what makes you happy, and what emotions you need in your diet in order to thrive.

Salzer earned her M.D. from Cornell University and completed her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. After training at Harbor UCLA, she held posts at Columbia University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has appeared on Fox and Friends, Dr. Drew, Tru TV, and on talk radio.

She lives in New York City.

Praise for Back to Life:

"Dr. Salzer offers an empowering new approach to trying on the coping skills and outlooks of heroic overcomers. These are life skills we all should have learned as kids."
-- Dr. Mehmet Oz

"Dr. Alicia Salzer's book is a gift for our times. There is hardly a soul out there in these jaded and trying times that wouldn't benefit from refreshing their outlook and their will to live with what I call a dose of the Doc."
-- Montel Williams, Host & Executive Producer of The Montel Williams Show and New York Times Best-selling Author

"[Salzer's] resilience skills will benefit any reader, whether dealing with trauma or not. Refreshingly, she acknowledges the trauma survivor's pain without further victimizing them, is upbeat without being cloying, and is full of humanity, humor, and respect. . . . Salzer explains clinical concepts in a straightforward yet interesting way, which should help her first book become a primer in the increasingly important field of positive psychology."
-- Publishers Weekly

"A sensible escort to identifying and deploying signature strengths buried by traumatic emotional paralysis."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"...[W]ritten from the heart and with sound psychology to provide help to readers . . . Salzer gives a road map for how to get there."
-- Library Journal

"Back to Life offers a revolutionary program to help you get through the small stuff AND the big stuff in your life. Dr. Alicia shares practical wisdom gleaned from her work with the hundreds of trauma survivors she has helped over the years."
-- Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul, featured teacher in The Secret

"Finally! Someone who truly understands how to help victims get 'back on track' after Trauma. Dr. Salzer's positive, upbeat and realistic approach to overcoming PTSD is not only extremely refreshing . . . it works."
-- Kathleen Baty, Stalking Victim/Survivor and author of A Girl's Gotta Do What A Girl's Gotta Do: The Ultimate Guide To Living Safe and Smart

"Back to Life is a new and revolutionary book for victims and survivors to reclaim their lives with techniques, insight and step-by-step help. This book gives trauma victims and survivors hope for a renewed future."
-- Sheryl Cates, CEO Texas Council on Family Violence, National Domestic Violence Hotline


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