Areas of Expertise:
Health, developmental and mental health needs of children in foster care, Early childhood, Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and chronic illnesses, Interdisciplinary training
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP
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 a pediatric psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the evaluation of high-risk infants and children with developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Since 1993 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
Clinical Child Psychology, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.School Psychology, Suburban Association for Special Education, Du Page County, Ill.
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill.
- Titles and Academic Titles
Associate Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program
Director, Starting Young Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- Centers and Programs
- Research Interests
Infants and toddlers involved with the child welfare system
Silver, J. (2002). The accidental advocate: Moving from individual case advocacy to systems change. Bulletin of ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, 22(5), 45-51.
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.
Silver, J. (2000). Integrating advances in infant research with child welfare policy and practice. Protecting Children, 16 (1), 12-21.
Silver, J., Amster, B., & Haecker (Eds.). (1999). Young children and foster care: A guide for professionals. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Silver, J. & Forkey, H. (2002). Foster parents' perceptions of health care services for children in foster care. Program Issue of the Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting, Pediatric Research, 51 (4), Abstract 1136, p. 195 A.
Posters and Presentations
Silver, J. Infants and toddlers in foster care: Data from the Starting Young Program. President's Committee on Mental Retardation Conference on Poverty and Disability. New York, NY 2/22/00
Silver, J. Child abuse and neglect: Opportunities for Early Head Start collaborations. Region II Early Head Start Conference, Wilmington, DE 7/13/00
Silver, J. & Forkey, H. Foster parents' perceptions of health care services for children in foster care. Platform session, Pediatric Academic Societies' Meeting, Baltimore, MD 5/7/02
Peckham, S. & Silver, J. Involvement in the child welfare system and developmental status among infants and toddlers. Poster. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Tenth Annual National Colloquium, New Orleans, LA 5/30/02
Silver, J., Dicker, S., & Maze, C. Neglected infants and toddlers: Dependency court advocacy to address unmet social and emotional needs. Invited presentation. American Bar Association 10th National Conference on Children and the Law. Washington, D.C. 6/7/02
Osofsky, J., Lederman, C., Silver, J. Dicker, S., Grace, M., & Maze, C. Neglected infants and toddlers. Invited presentation. American Bar Association 10th National Conference on Children and the Law. Washington, D.C. 6/7/02
Dicker, S. & Silver, J. Improving the health outcomes for young children in foster care. Invited presentation. American Bar Association 10th National Conference on Children and the Law. Washington, D.C.
6/8/02 Silver, J., Giardino, A., Cervone, F., & Cobb-Nettleton, C. Victimization of children with disabilities and adult outcomes. National Academy for Equal Justice for People with Disabilities: A National Working Conference. Philadelphia, PA 9/9/02