Elizabeth Salerno Valdez

UMass Amherst Lecturer in Community Health Education Elizabeth Salerno Valdez
Postdoctoral Pathways Fellow & Lecturer
305 Arnold House


B.A., University of Arizona; M.P.H., Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; PhD, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona

Area(s) of Specialization: 

minority health inequities; adolescent health; maternal and child health; reproductive health; substance use

Research Description: 

My research to date has relied on strong community partnerships to expand the reach, impact and sustainability of public health research programs focused on substance use prevention and treatment, reproductive health, and maternal and child health among immigrant communities.

My dissertation research was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for funding of my dissertation project titled: “Environmental Factors that Influence Adolescent Substance Use at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” My emerging work will focus on scaling up this research, as well as exploring correlates of substance use among LatinX communities in western Massachusetts and the Northeast.

I was co-investigator on the project Mujer Saludable on the US-Mexico Border: A Promotora-led Adaptation and Expansion of a Sexual Health Education Curriculum with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women (UA-SIROW), to address reproductive health needs in the borderlands. I also served as a public health analyst for the SAMHSA-funded Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Adolescent Substance Abuse National Cross-Site Evaluation to evaluate federally funded substance abuse treatment systems for youth, transitional age youth, and pregnant and postpartum women.  

Key Publications: 

Salerno Valdez, E., Miker, M., Andrade, A. (in press). Developing a Binational CBPR Partnership to Address Reproductive Health on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.

Salerno Valdez, E., Korchmaros, J., Sabo, S., Garcia, D.O., Carvajal, S., Stevens, S. (in press). How the U.S.-Mexico Border Influences Adolescent Substance Use: Youth Participatory Action Research Using Photovoice. International Journal of Drug Policy.

Salerno Valdez, E., Sabo, S., Butler, M., Camplain, R., Simpson, R., & Castro, Y. (2019). Perinatal depression symptom prevalence on the U.S.–Mexico border. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 43(1), 38-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000107

Menjivar, C., Simmons, W., Alvord, D., Salerno Valdez, E. (2018). IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT, THE RACIALIZATION OF LEGAL STATUS AND PERCEPTIONS OF THE POLICE: Latinos in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Phoenix in Comparative Perspective. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 15(1), 107-128. DOI: 10.1017/S1742058X18000115

Salerno Valdez, E., Valdez, L. A., & Sabo, S. (2015). Structural vulnerability among migrating women and children fleeing Central America and Mexico: The public health impact of “humanitarian parole”. Frontiers in Public Health3.