Dr. Jennifer Salerno
Nurse Practitioner. Researcher. Author. Mom.
Dr. Jen is an internationally-recognized expert on preventing and reducing youth risks. With more than 25 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, and as a mom of two herself, Dr. Jen understands teens and their families.
Having a trusted adult is one of the most important factors for preventing and reducing youth risks.
Using the latest technologies, research, and communication strategies, Dr. Jen equips parents and caregivers with the practical tools they need to feel comfortable connecting with their tweens and teens on important topics like substance use, sex and mental health. And everyday topics like phone use, grades and getting their rooms cleaned.
Decode your Tween/Teen!
3 simple strategies that will instantly transform your conversations,
Why is everyone assuming parents already know how to comfortably talk with their teens to keep them out of harm’s way? When inevitably faced with risky situations, a parent’s influence has a significant impact on a teen’s decisions. The Teen Speak series provides realistic scenarios and a detailed roadmap on how to tackle conversations about youth risks with ease. Parents learn how to create a trusting relationship with their teen that supports positive decision making (even when parents are not around).
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“My go-to guide for real world parenting”
“A ‘What to Expect’ for teens.”
“Dr. Salerno is the teen whisperer!”
"Essentially, Teen Speak is the closest thing to an owner's manual for parents of teenagers Parents will find insight about their developing teens and practical advice and guidance on how to support healthy teen-parent relationships. A must-read for every parent!"
Dr. Terri D. WrightAmerican Public Health Association
"Dr. Salerno does a wonderful job outlining numerous situations that can and do occur with a teen, and how to get more out of your conversations. It's so easy to ask one-sided questions or start arguments with my son. Dr. Salerno brings attention to this in an easy-to-follow way that sheds new light on my parenting and provides examples for how to break this habit."
Erica ThwingMother of 3
Protect Your Teen
Learn strategies to more comfortably talk with your teen about common youth risk behaviors.
Partner organizations sharing information on youth risk behaviors and resources from the Teen Speak series: