Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
Dr. Bridget Freisthler is an Associate Professor at UCLA’s Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is an expert in the application of population-based geospatial research methods to the exploration of relationships between drug distribution systems, alcohol and drug abuse, and child abuse and neglect. She has extensive experience studying how changes in alcohol outlet densities affect various social problems, including child maltreatment, violence, and juvenile delinquency. She is currently directing a study of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles and Sacramento to understand how regulations designed to reduce densities of cannabis dispensaries affects crime and use and to determine whether types of medical cannabis users cluster in dispensaries within communities, and whether clustering is increased in areas with many dispensaries, leading to increased problems. This five-year study is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse.