Dr. Laura F. Salazar is a 2nd Century scholar who is part of the Health Justice cluster. A primary focus of this cluster is to explore the social determinants of health, and the role of syndemics (multiple adverse conditions that act synergistically) in individual and community health. Dr. Salazar focuses her research efforts on understanding and improving significant inequalities in HIV experienced by racial, sexual and gender minority populations. She has also focused her efforts on the intersecting epidemic of violence against women. Her research in this area has examined mediating mechanisms that explain the connection between violence and HIV outcomes, identifying the socio-ecological risk and protective factors related to sexual violence perpetration as well as determining the effectiveness of a range of intervention approaches in reducing intimate partner violence, teen dating violence and sexual violence.