Associate Professor, Public Health Policy & Administration
School of Public Health
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 the intersection of public health, technology, and behavior (corporate, institutional, and personal). She is particularly interested in qualitative explorations of the ways in which user-generated content on social media can document and shape public health relevant behaviors, the ethics of novel technologies with privacy and equity implications, and food technology as a potential avenue for the promotion of more sustainable dietary patterns. Dr. Laestadius also has a long-standing interest in tobacco control policy and is currently engaged with research related to e-cigarette content on social media.
More broadly, Dr. Laestadius’ research and teaching interests include public health advocacy and communication, as well as the policymaking and implementation process. Currently, Dr. Laestadius teaches the core MPH course Principles of Public Health Policy and Administration and an upper level course on policymaking and analysis.