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Department of Clinical Psychology 
Clinical Assistant Professor
Attending Psychologist
Behavioral Health Consultant

Dr. Zacharcenko is a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist with 23 years of experience providing clinical services to adults and seniors. She serves as the attending psychologist and behavioral health consultant in PCOM's Family Medicine Healthcare Center. Dr. Zacharcenko adopts a collaborative role in helping patients initiate lifestyle changes to protect their emotional and physical health. Her specialty interests include:

  • Behavioral medicine and health psychology
  • Healthy aging
  • Weight management
  • Pain management
  • Depression and anxiety co-occurring with chronic illness

As a mentor, she supervises and trains psychology students in the delivery of optimal behavioral health services within primary care.

In addition to her work at PCOM, she is a consultant to the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and a contributing author to Health Forum Online, a web based continuing education organization. She also serves on the geropsychology committee for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Prior to returning to PCOM in 2015, Dr. Zacharcenko served as the consulting psychologist to the Temple Health Women's Care specialty practice. Her work included designing and implementing a multidisciplinary weight management group for females. She also served as a behavioral health consultant to long term care communities inclusive of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.


Dr. Zacharcenko completed a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Relations at Villanova University in 1984. In 2006, she completed her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She received meritorious distinction for the defense of her doctoral dissertation, Examining Vicarious Traumatization. Click here to view Dr. Zacharcenko's dissertation.


  • Psychology Clinical Practicum Seminar
  • Geropsychology


  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Geropsychology Committee
  • American Psychological Association: Health Psychology Division
  • Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society
  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association


A Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program for Post-Menopausal Women
Through a grant funded by the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation, the program facilitates the mission of developing innovative approaches to health care professional education. The team delivering the program consists of medical students, doctoral psychology students, a certified exercise instructor, and a registered dietitian . Additional key program advisors include Jane Z. Dumsha, PhD, Chief Research Operations Officer and Mark Cassidy, MS, PCOM Athletic Facility Manager and Conditioning Coach.