Research & Publications
Professor Friedman's research uses methods and models from health economics to identify the drivers of costly health behaviors, with a particular focus on adolescent and young adult tobacco 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.
Currently, she conducts work in three areas. The first uses quasi-experimental methods to estimate the effects of federal, state, and local policies on conventional and electronic cigarette use, in order to inform more nuanced policymaking that accounts for the differing health impacts of these products. The second line of research considers how new tobacco products are affecting disparities in tobacco use, particularly by socioeconomic status and mental health. Finally, her work on mental health disparities in tobacco use focuses on identifying the drivers behind these differentials as well as potential means to close these gaps, particularly among adolescents and young adults.
Public Health Interests
Behavioral Health; Cancer; Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics; Health Economics; Health Policy; Mental Health; Substance Use, Addiction