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Brendan Saloner, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 344
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Harvard University, 2012
BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2005


Brendan Saloner, PhD, is an Associate 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

2019 AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh Emerging Leader Award

2015-2017 National Academy of Medicine Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics

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, Bandara SN, McGinty EE, Barry CL. Justice-Involved Adults With Substance Use Disorders: Coverage Increased But Rates Of Treatment Did Not In 2014. Health Affairs. 2016 Jun 1;35(6):1058-66.
  • Saloner B, Sharfstein J. A Stronger Treatment System for Opioid Use Disorders. JAMA. 2016 May 24;315(20):2165-6.
  • Saloner B, Karthikeyan S. Changes in substance abuse treatment use among individuals with opioid use disorders in the United States, 2004-2013. JAMA. 2015 Oct 13;314(14):1515-7.
  • Saloner B, Polsky D, Kenney GM, Hempstead K, Rhodes KV. Most Uninsured Adults Could Schedule Primary Care Appointments Before The ACA, But Average Price Was $160. Health Affairs. 2015 May 1;34(5):773-80.
  • 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.