Melina Salvador has more than 20 years of experience in critically applied public anthropology, health and mental health services research, and program evaluation. Her research focuses on mental health, early childhood, and health equity. She is a medical anthropologist specializing in ethnography, other qualitative and mixed methodologies, and community engagement.
Salvador leads the qualitative data efforts for the Multisite Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting project.
Prior to joining JBA, Salvador supported the use and evaluation of evidence-based programs for children and families experiencing structurally induced and sustained health inequities in New Mexico, California, and Yucatán, Mexico. She received a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from a joint program at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, and an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico.