- Associate Professor, Public Health Policy
PhD, Public Health Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MPP, Health Policy, George Washington University
BA, Economics, American University
Dr. Laestadius’ research focuses on using qualitative and mixed methods approaches to understand non-medical technologies, health relevant online communication, and the commercial determinants of health. Currently, much of her work focuses on how to understand and address social media content promoting health relevant commercial products (particularly as it relates to tobacco and nicotine) and the mental health implications and opportunities presented by AI chatbots. In the past, she has also published on topics related to food technology and alternatives to animal product consumption. Her research and commentary have been featured in news outlets like The Washington Post, Stat+, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Slate. She currently teaches courses on public health policy analysis and qualitative methods.