John Salerno, PhD

John Salerno, PhD. in Physiology has over 20 years experience working on collaborative research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and other private foundations specifically as a clinical trials co-investigator. He is assistant director to the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention and over this past year has joined Dr Nidich in the new research Center for Social and Emotional Health at MIU. Dr Salerno has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications including several review articles and book chapters.


Travis F, Valosek V, Konrad A, Link J, Salerno J, Scheller R, Nidich S. (2018) Effect of meditation on psychological distress and brain functioning: a randomized controlled study. Brain and Cognition. (in press).

Nidich S, Seng A, Compton B, O’Connor T, Salerno J, Nidich R. (2017) Transcendental

Meditation and Reduced Trauma Symptoms in Female Inmates: a randomized controlled study. The Permanente Journal.; 21; 39-43

Schneider R, Bokhari S, Rainforth M, Salerno J, Gaylord-King C, Nidich S. (2017) The Effects of Meditation and Cardiac Rehabilitation on Myocardial Blood Flow: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Circulation; 136:A16768

Nidich S, Nidich R, Salerno J, Hadfield B, Elder C. (2015) Stress reduction with the

Transcendental Meditation program in caregivers: A pilot study. International Archives of Nursing and Health Care. 1:1-4.

Duraimani S, Schneider RH, Randall OS, Nidich SI, Xu S, Ketete M, Rainforth MA, Gaylord-King C, Salerno JW, Fagan J. (2015).Effects of lifestyle modification on telomerase gene expression in hypertensive patients: A pilot trial of stress reduction and health education programs in African Americans.PloS One, 10(11), e0142689

Schneider R, Grim C, Rainforth M, Kotchen T, Nidich S, Gaylord-King C, Salerno J, Morley Kotchen J, Alexander C. (2012) Stress reduction in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease: randomized controlled trial of Transcendental Meditation and health education in Blacks. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 5:750-758.


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