Dr. Salam Soliman
Connecticut State Clinical Director and National Clinical Advisor for Child First

Dr. Salam Soliman is the Connecticut State Clinical Director and National Clinical Advisor for Child First, Inc.  In that capacity, she is responsible for supporting the clinical and quality enhancements needs of the Connecticut Child First Affiliate Sites. She came to this position after having trained and worked in hospitals; including the Royal Victoria Hospital, Behman Hospital in the Middle East and the Royal Ottawa Hospital; the Ottawa Courthouse, public schools, universities and outpatient clinics. Her work has primarily focused on children, with a particular interest in disrupted attachments and the long-term effects of trauma on children. Dr. Soliman is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been working in the field since 1996.

Raised in Montreal, she obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from McGill University and went on to get a Master’s in Education from the University of Ottawa in 1998.  She also completed Master’s level coursework in the area of Forensic and Experimental Psychology at Carleton University.  Dr. Soliman received a second Master’s in Science with a focus on Educational Psychology in 2004, and went on to receive a doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology in 2006 from Pace University. She is also endorsed as an infant mental health expert (Level IV-C).  Dr. Soliman served as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Pace University and later as the Director for Counseling Services for New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Currently, Dr. Soliman spends much of her time providing reflective supervision to the Child First Clinical Directors in Connecticut, is involved in many initiatives across the state and serves as a clinical advisor for national replication efforts for Child First.  In collaboration with Louisiana State University Health Center and School of Medicine, Salam is also the Coordinator for the NCTSN Disaster and Terrorism Northeast Coalition for Connecticut as well as a consultant on a Consultation Project for Division 39 of the APA, where she also serves as a Board Member for Section II.   Her primary research interests include attachment and trauma and outcomes associated with ongoing reflective supervision.