About

Freisthler, Bridget, Ph.D.

Professor

614-292-2856
freisthler.19@osu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education
PhD - University of California, Berkeley, 2003
AM - University of Chicago, 1998
BS - Purdue University, 1996
BA - Purdue University, 1996

Areas of Expertise
Child abuse and neglect
Drug and alcohol use (particularly marijuana, opiates, and alcohol)
Drug distribution systems
GIS
Spatial analysis
Service availability

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Child abuse and neglect
Drug and alcohol use (particularly marijuana, opiates, and alcohol)
Drug distribution systems
GIS
Spatial analysis
Service availability

Bio

Dr. Freisthler’s work focuses on 1) understanding how health and social problems vary across geographic areas, such as neighborhoods, 2) identifying those areas in a community which are at risk for developing or already experiencing high levels of harms based on a growing understanding of neighborhood ecologies, and 3) examining how the location of services may further help or hinder the development of problems in neighborhood areas. She is particularly interested in how the substance use environment (e.g., alcohol outlet and medical marijuana dispensaries) is related to a variety of harms, including crime and child maltreatment.

She currently directs studies examining how the regulatory environment for medical marijuana is related to problems such as crime, marijuana use, and abuse/dependence, how drinking locations and contexts, particularly related to the substance use environment, affects substance use and parenting behaviors, such as child maltreatment, and how web-based technology to create a more streamlined process for determining which agencies have openings available to serve clients and matching client referrals with service providers in order to reduce length of stay for children in foster care and increase reunification rates.

She leads the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Social Ecological Models Consortium. She also studies how service availability and accessibility may reduce these harms in local areas.

Her work is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, and private donors.