RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Health Policy, Health Services Research, Bioethics
Area(s) of Expertise:
Children’s Health Care, Mental Health Care, Disparities, Poverty, Medicaid/CHIP
Brendan Saloner completed his doctorate in health policy in the ethics concentration at Harvard University in May 2012. One strand of his research concerns disparities in the quality of children’s health care, with a focus on behavioral health treatment. Part of his dissertation examines patterns of medication treatment over time for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among a diverse population enrolled in the Florida Medicaid program. He has conducted research on racial and ethnic disparities in publicly-financed substance abuse treatment completion in the United States. Brendan is also interested in issues related to health care affordability and access to care. He has examined whether expanded public insurance for children reduced economic insecurity among low-income families and has written about the ethical underpinnings of health care affordability. As a Health & Society Scholar, Brendan will focus on emerging challenges in health care for vulnerable populations. For example, he is interested in state and local efforts to expand and improve behavioral health care services within a fiscally constrained environment. Brendan holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, where he majored in political economy and philosophy. He has previously worked with the Urban Institute and the RAND Corporation.