Jessica Saleska, PhD, MPH

Post-Doctoral Scholar (2019-Present)

Jessica Saleska, PhD, MPH, was awarded the T32 Fellowship to further her training in HIV treatment and prevention, focusing on the development of interventions informed by behavioral economics. Her background is in public health, having received her PhD in epidemiology from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis. Through her T32 Fellowship, she seeks to foster a deeper understanding of health decisions and behaviors through training and insights from psychology and economics. Her current research uses these insights to promote preventative health behaviors among adolescents, including the uptake of vaccines and the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV acquisition. She has also spearheaded several multidisciplinary research collaborations between UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to develop behavioral interventions for the prevention of COVID-19. When not involved in research and training, Jessica enjoys home-bartending and hiking with her partner and pup.