Anthony Salerno, PhD

Innovation and Implementation Officer
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Dr. Anthony Salerno is a New York State-licensed psychologist with over 30 years of public mental health experience in adult inpatient and outpatient settings. He is the McSilver Institute’s Innovation and Implementation Officer. In that role, he assists organizations serving impoverished communities to systematically adopt and sustain practice innovations with an emphasis on implementing trauma-informed and resiliency-supporting practices in a variety of educational, primary care, forensic and behavioral health programs serving children and adults.

In New York State, Dr. Salerno has developed system-wide strategies to promote evidence-based practices, with a particular emphasis on health self-management and family psycho-education. He was the lead author of the Wellness Self-Management curriculum-based program designed for adults with serious mental illness which received the Science to Service Award by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2010.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Salerno was a high school teacher and guidance counselor. He has extensive experience as an educator, clinical trainer, supervisor, senior administrator, consultant, treatment developer and implementation specialist in areas such as psychiatric rehabilitation, health self- management, trauma, resilience, integrated care, group facilitation and health policy.

He received his PhD degree in Psychology from New York University.