Dr. Jennifer Salerno

Nurse Practitioner. Teen Risk Prevention Researcher. Mother.

  • About the Author

    Dr. Jennifer Salerno blends years of experience in the field as a nurse practitioner with the latest adolescent risk prevention research to equip parents with practical tools to feel comfortable connecting with their teens on important topics like substance use, sex, and mental health.

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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 – book, workbook and virtual course – provides realistic scenarios and a detailed roadmap on how to tackle conversations with ease, creating a trusting relationship with your teen that supports their positive decision making even when you are not around.

Amazon Book 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 

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