Judith A. Silver, PhD

Judith A. Silver, PhD, is associate director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program and director of Starting Young Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and chronic illnesses, Early childhood, Health of children in foster care, Developmental and mental health needs of children in foster care, Interdisciplinary training
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Dr. Silver received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She completed an internship in school psychology at the School Association of Special Education in Du Page County, Illinois, and an internship in clinical child psychology at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, in Chicago.

    Dr. Silver is the associate director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at CHOP, an interdisciplinary fellowship supported by the federal Department of Health and Human Services Maternal Child Health Bureau. As a pediatric psychologist she has over 25 years of experience in the evaluation of high-risk infants and children with developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions. She has focused specifically on improving health outcomes for young children involved with the child welfare system by developing interdisciplinary clinical and educational programs. Dr. Silver was awarded a Harris Mid-Career Fellowship by Zero to Three: The National Center of Infants, Toddlers, and Families as part of their Leadership Development Initiative, in recognition of her contributions in the early childhood field.

  • Education and Training

    Internship

    Clinical Child Psychology, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL

    School Psychology, Suburban Association for Special Education, Du Page County, IL

    Board Certification

    Licensed Psychologist

    Graduate Degree

    Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Associate Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Infants and toddlers involved with the child welfare system

  • Publications

    Books

    Silver, J., Amster, B., & Haecker (Eds.). (1999). Young children and foster care: A guide for professionals. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

    Chapters

    Forkey, H., Hudson, K., Manz, P.H., & Silver, J. (2002). After the call: Children and the child welfare system. In A. Giardino & E. Giardino (Eds.). Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter, Third Edition. St. Louis: G.W. Medical Publishing.

    Meyers, R., Alexander, J., Silver, J., & Vogel, C. (1999). Children with special health care needs and the public child welfare agency. In J. Silver, B. Amster, & T. Haecker (Eds.), Young children and foster care: A guide for professionals (Pp. 235-257). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

    Silver, J. (1999). Starting young: Improving children’s outcomes. In J. Silver, B. Amster, & T. Haecker (Eds.), Young children and foster care: A guide for professionals (Pp. 3-31). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

    Silver, J., Haecker, T., & Forkey, H. (1999). Healthcare for young children in foster care. In J. Silver, B. Amster, & T. Haecker (Eds.), Young children and foster care: A guide for professionals (Pp. 161-193). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

    Spiker, D. & Silver, J. (1999). Early intervention services for infants and preschoolers in foster care. In J. Silver, B. Amster, & T. Haecker (Eds.), Young children and foster care: A guide for professionals (Pp. 347-371). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.