Brendan Saloner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2005 with a double-major in Philosophy and Political Economy of Industrial Societies (High Honors). He wrote a senior honors thesis on behavioral health services for at-risk youth in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating, he worked as a research assistant at the Urban Institute in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Populations. While at the Urban Institute, he assisted with multi-year evaluations of federal workforce development and social welfare programs. Brendan coauthored an extensive bibliography on the welfare of vulnerable populations after Hurricane Katrina. Brendan entered the PhD Program in Health Policy in fall 2007, with a traineeship from the National Institute of Mental Health. He received a three year fellowship from the National Science Foundation, effective fall 2008. He is also a fellow in the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy.
Brendan has pursued several research projects during his graduate studies. In the summer of 2008, he worked at the RAND Corporation on a historical study of retention and promotion of Air Force doctors. In the summer of 2009, Brendan returned to RAND to work on an assessment of mental health and substance abuse treatment services on behalf of the District of Columbia government. He has also assisted with a literature review of regional variations in cost and quality of care, and a comparative study of pharmaceutical approvals. He is currently examining the impacts of changes in public insurance and welfare policy in the 1990s on the enrollment of children in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. His main areas of research interest include the intersection of public welfare and health policy, healthcare quality, adolescent health, priority setting and public accountability, and behavioral health services. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org