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Brendan Saloner, PhD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 344
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Harvard University, 2012


Brendan Saloner, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on the intersection between health and social policy, particularly on the role of health insurance in promoting access to care, financial protection, and wellness. Dr. Saloner has extensive research focused on the financing, organization, and delivery of mental health and substance use treatment among children, adolescents, and young adults. He is interested in the transformation of public sector behavioral health and primary care health systems under the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Saloner is also interested in applied ethical issues related to equitable health care financing and the design of health insurance.

Honors and Awards

2012-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program

2011-2012 Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy

2008-2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2007-2008 National Institute of Mental Health Training Grant


  • Health insurance
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Medicaid
  • Access to care
  • Mental health
  • substance use disorders
  • poverty
  • resource allocation
  • race/ethnicity
  • children and adolesents
  • disparities
  • ethics
  • justice

Select Publications from the Last 5 Years

  • Saloner B, Lê Cook B. An ACA provision increased treatment for young adults with possible mental illnesses relative to comparison group. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Aug;33(8):1425-34.

  • Saloner B, Sabik L, Sommers BD. Pinching the poor? Medicaid cost sharing under the ACA. N Engl J Med. 2014 Mar 27;370(13):1177-80.

  • Saloner B, Koyawala N, Kenney GM. Coverage for low-income immigrant children increased 24.5 percent in states that expanded CHIPRA eligibility. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 May;33(5):832-9.

  • Saloner B, Lê Cook B. Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to complete addiction treatment, largely due to socioeconomic factors. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Jan;32(1):135-45.

  • Saloner B, Daniels N. The ethics of the affordability of health insurance. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2011 Oct;36(5):815-27.