Public Health Interests
Behavioral Health; Health Behavioral Economics; Health Policy; Substance Use, Addiction
Professor Friedman's research uses behavioral and health economics to identify the drivers of costly health behaviors, with a particular focus on adolescent and young adult tobacco and substance use, as well as related disparities (e.g., by socioeconomic status, education, and mental health). She is particularly interested in understanding how policy can be leveraged to attenuate these behaviors and reduce disparities therein. Current projects include analyses of the relationship between electronic and conventional cigarette use, studies of the drivers behind key disparities in youth suicide rates, and work on the relationship between adolescent development, mental heath, and risky behavior.