Dr. Jennifer Salerno

Uniting parents, professionals and youth
Connect with tweens & teens to prevent and reduce risky behaviors now.
Build strong relationships for the future.

Learn how to “speak teen” with our: Teen Speak Series

Teen Speak For Parents & Supportive Adults

Learn more about our Risk Prevention, Assessment, Consulting & Training

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  • Dr. Jennifer Salerno
    Nurse Practitioner. Researcher. Author. Mom.

    Dr. Jen is an internationally-recognized expert on preventing and reducing youth risk behaviors. With more than 20 years 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 risk behaviors.

    Using the latest technologies, research, and communication strategies, Dr. Jen equips parents and professionals with the practical tools they need to feel comfortable connecting with youth on important topics like substance use, sex and mental health.

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IS MY TEEN NORMAL?

What exactly is “normal” anyway?

It might seem scary, but some risk taking and challenging behaviors are normal.

Take the 3 question quiz to receive your free copy of Responding to Normal Teen Behavior.

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    About Teen Speak

    Why is everyone assuming we already know how to comfortably talk with our 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 risk behaviors with ease. Create a trusting relationship with your teen that supports their positive decision making (even when you are not around).

The Teen Speak Series includes:

We also offer a “Training of Trainers” Program for organizations who would like to host parent workshops and reduce youth risk behaviors using the Teen Speak curriculum.
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Amazon Reviews

  • “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: