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Associate Professor

Brendan Saloner, PhD, evaluates policies to promote access to health care and a stronger safety net for underserved groups, particularly for people who use drugs.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 344

Research Interests

Health insurance; Affordable Care Act (ACA); Medicaid; Access to care; Mental health; substance use disorders; poverty; resource allocation; race/ethnicity; incarceration; children and adolesents; disparities; ethics; justice;
Experiences & Accomplishments
Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
Brendan Saloner, PhD, is a Bloomberg Associate Professor of Addiction and Overdose in the Department of Health Policy and Management. One strand of his research focuses on access and quality of care for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Professor Saloner has investigated the impact of federal and state policies regarding insurance coverage and benefit design related to substance use disorders on access to care and outcomes related to treatment. Dr. Saloner has examined the ability of people in the criminal legal system to access evidence-based substance use disorder treatment. He received an early career award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the effects of Medicaid program design on treatment for opioid use disorder. Another strand of his research focuses broadly on insurance expansions and safety net programs for low-income populations. He has published widely on access to primary care services in relation to the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion. He has also published on Medicaid redesign related to premiums and cost-sharing and on public insurance programs for children and adolescents. Finally, Professor Saloner has studied the ethics of resource allocation and normative issues related to health insurance policy.
Honors & 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
Select Publications
Select Publications from the Last 5 Years
  • Saloner B, Parish K, Ward JA, DiLaura G, Dolovich S. COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Federal and State Prisons. JAMA. 2020;324(6):602-603. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.12528
  • Bandara S, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Merritt S*, Barry CL, Saloner B. Methadone and buprenorphine treatment in United States jails and prisons: lessons from early adopters. Addiction. Published online May 17, 2021.
  • Saloner B, Chang H-Y, Krawczyk N*, et al. Predictive Modeling of Opioid Overdose Using Linked Statewide Medical and Criminal Justice Data. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online June 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1689
  • Saloner B, Maclean JC. Specialty Substance Use Disorder Treatment Admissions Steadily Increased In The Four Years After Medicaid Expansion. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020;39(3):453-461. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2019.01428
  • Saloner B, Landis R, Stein BD, Barry CL. The Affordable Care Act In The Heart Of The Opioid Crisis: Evidence From West Virginia. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019;38(4):633-642. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05049
A Blueprint for Transforming Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Delaware
Qualitative evaluation of the implementation dimension of the Pennsylvania Hospitals Opioid Learning Action Network