John Salerno is a PhD candidate in behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He identifies as a gay man, Latinx, and uses he/him pronouns. He received his BA in psychology and MPH in prevention science and community health at the University of Miami. He is interested in research to improve the health and wellbeing of youth at the intersections of LGBTQ, Latinx, and immigrant identities. His research seeks to reveal and address intersectional subordination among these groups through critical and community-engaged research methods. He was recently awarded an R36 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (1R36MH123043) to conduct his dissertation research; a primary data mixed-method study examining trauma and mental health among Latinx LGBTQ immigrant youth from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras using an intersectionality-minority stress dual conceptual framework and cutting edge quantitative and qualitative data collection and analytic research methods. For more information about John and his work, please visit the links below or contact him directly.
Salerno, J.P., McEwing, E., Matsuda, Y., Gonzalez-Guarda R., Ogunrinde O., Azaiza, M., Williams, J.R (2018). Evaluation of a Nursing Student Health Fair Program: Meeting Curricular Standards and Improving Community Members’ Health. Public Health Nursing. 2018;00:1–8. doi: 10.1111/phn.12402
Adebayo O.W., Salerno J.P., Francillon V, Williams J.R. (2018). A systematic review of components of community-based organisation engagement. Health Soc Care Community. 2018;26:e474–e484. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12533
Salerno, J.P., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., & Hooshmand, M. (2017). Increasing the pipeline and diversity of doctorally prepared nurses: Description and preliminary evaluation of a health disparities summer research program. Public Health Nursing, 34(5), 493-499. doi:10.1111/phn.12341
Salerno, J.P. (2016), Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Mental Health Awareness Programs Among Youth in the United States: A Systematic Review. Journal of School Health, 86: 922–931. doi: 10.1111/josh.12461
Gattamorta, K., Salerno, J.P., Quidley-Rodriguez, N. Hispanic Parental Experiences Learning that a Child Identifies as a Sexual Minority (in press, Journal of GLBT Family Studies)
Gattamorta, K., Salerno, J.P., Castro, A. Intersectionality and Health Behaviors among US High School Students: The Impact of Race/Ethnicity, Sexual Identity, and Gender (in press, Journal of School Health)
John is a retired classically trained musician, with oboe as his principal instrument; he started out college as a music performance major under full scholarship. He is also trained in salsa dance and competed/performed a couple of years back; you can catch him salsa dancing with his friends at Latin bars in DC on the weekends.