PITTSBURGH, PA, September 17, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Alexandra Salerno, MS, NCC, LPC, has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Harboring a passion for assisting clients in building awareness and attaining adaptive coping skills for the betterment of their performance, Alexandra Salerno, MS, NCC, LPC, has excelled as a behavioral health therapist at the Center for Eating Disorders at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital since 2018. Prior to this appointment, she completed an internship at the Center for Eating Disorders at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital during which she has further flourished as a mental training consultant with KPEX Consulting since 2016, providing workshops and skill-building exercises to enhance the performance and confidence of young athletes and dancers in the Pittsburgh region. Moreover, Ms. Salerno has concurrently held the post of a standardized patient in the department of nursing at Robert Morris University since 2010.
Previously, Ms. Salerno served at the Hiram G. Andrews Center as a rehabilitation specialist from 2015 to 2017, where she was associated with the Cognitive Skills Enhancement Program. From 2014 until 2017, she held the position of a key leader for Lululemon Athletica in Pittsburgh. Likewise, she provided her expertise to the University of Pittsburgh as the vice president for the Students for Disability Advocacy from 2016 to 2017. Ms. Salerno was likewise active as a practicum student with Pittsburgh Public Schools in 2016.
Beyond her responsibilities in the field of medicine and mental healthcare, Ms. Salerno began her career as a professional dancer and a dance instructor in 2009, having performed for such organizations as the Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company, the Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and RWS & Associates,. From 2014 to 2015, she was contracted as a dancer with the Holland America Cruise Lines. Additionally, Ms. Salerno has made an impact as a professional dancer for Gia T. Presents since 2014.
Before embarking on her professional path, Ms. Salerno pursued an education at Robert Morris University, earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in sport, cum laude with Dean's List honors, in 2013. She concluded her studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017, graduating with a Master of Science in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling. Certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, she has obtained an additional certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors. Currently, Ms. Salerno is completing her licensure as a professional counselor in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Furthermore, Ms. Salerno has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. At a civic level, she has contributed as a volunteer coordinator for the Pittsburgh Counseling Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh from 2016 to 2017, a volunteer for ballroom dance sessions for individuals of all ages with Multiple Sclerosis for Yes You Can Dance! from 2015 to 2017, and a volunteer for the Genesis of Pittsburgh in 2015. She found success as a public speaker and panelist as well, attending conferences on eating disorders, crisis management, suicide prevention, and the effects of social media on mental health at such venues at Robert Morris University, Chatham University, the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association Conference, and the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference.
In light of her exceptional undertakings, Ms. Salerno has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. In 2017, she was presented with the Virginia Kauffman Scholarship Award from the University of Pittsburgh. She later accepted the Making A Difference Award from the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital in 2018. A passionate learner who loves academia and has contemplated pursuing a Doctor of Psychology, Ms. Salerno attributes her success to her mentors, including her intern supervisor, Joshua Hefferen; her current boss, Tiffany Painter; KPEX's sport psychologist, Dr. Aimee Kimball; and her colleague at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Leigh Skavarla.
Merging her love for psychology and professional dancing into her present post, Ms. Salerno understands that eating disorders are typically common among athletes, and with her unique background and experience, she has been able to continue her successful dance career while treating others living with the physical and mental components of these disorders. Specifically, she fostered an interest in bolstering psychological wellness and mental skills, which can help in treating self-identity crises that often impact people struggling with eating disorders. Believing that anything is possible when someone decides to take the path that works for them, Ms. Salerno hopes to further her outstanding results in her current practices while handling increasing outpatient caseloads and, eventually, establish her own office in the years to come.
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