Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD

Ruby Salazar is a child and family psychotherapist who has worked with children and families for over fifty years. She is the Founder and Director of Pennsylvania Lifespan Services, a family-focused developmental practice providing developmental and family therapy, professional consultation and development: teaching, lecturing and mentorships.

Currently, Mrs. Salazar’s focuses are on clinical support of young children and their families with developmental concerns, supportive consultation of individuals and agency/practice groups, teaching, consultation on clinical delivery and organizational matters and writing.

Mrs. Salazar received a BS from New York University and MSS from Smith College, followed by a post graduate psychoanalytic certificate in the treatment of children from the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Institute, New York City.

She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College, Marywood University and Keystone College, Fielding University and several infant mental health training programs including Bank Street, The Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Fellowship Program at UMass Napa, the NYC Infant Mental Health Institute of the Jewish Board of Children and Families.  She is currently adjunct professor at Pennsylvania Medical College. Mrs. Salazar has been PA Touchpoints site coordinator, having founded, with Beth Beh, the first medical Touchpoints program. She worked in the office of three PA governors as a child-care consultant and was appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Children. Mrs. Salazar was also appointed to the PA Department of Welfare Workgroup to establish Autism Assessment Policy and clinically directed both the ASD Comprehensive Assessment Project and the PA Department of Early Intervention Reflective Supervision Project. Proudly, Mrs. Salazar chaired candidate Obama’s first Autism Workgroup who drafted the bill which became ASD Federal Law.

Mrs. Salazar has received many professional awards, among them the first Sally Provence Award for excellence in infant and family practice from Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Girl Scouts of America National Professional of the Year award and National Guidance Counselors Association Professional Excellence award, all Washington, D.C. She has been distinguished as Pennsylvania Professional of the Year and awarded the Community Strengthening Parents award from the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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