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
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
The Impact of Psychological Trauma on Physical Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Pennsylvania Psychological Association Annual Convention, June 2017
Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Assessing Capacity in the Elderly
Pennsylvania Psychological Association Annual Convention, 2016
Parental Bereavement Following the Loss of a Child
Zacharcenko, A., 2014
Engaging Patients in Health Behavior Change
VERICARE Continuing Education Program, April 2010
The Assessment and Treatment of Trauma Related Disorders
Aetna Behavioral Health Care Management Center
Continuing Education, August 2008
Engaging Chronically Ill and Depressed Patients in Health Behavior Change
Pennsylvania Psychological Association Annual Convention, 2007
Caregiver Distress: The Impact of Caring for a Terminally Ill Family Member
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Speaker Series for Continuing Education, April 2007
Secondary Traumatization: Identifyng Professional Distress and Methods of Intervention
Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, March 2005
Rethinking Drinking: Early Intervention with the Alcohol Abuser
Pennsylvania Psychological Association Annual Convention, 1996
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.