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Bridget Freisthler, PhD
Research Scientist

Dr. Bridget Freisthler has been associated with the Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation since 2000. She received her A.M. (MSW equivalent) from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 1998 and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. Professor Freisthler’s research focuses on how environmental structure and processes impact child development and maltreatment. She is particularly interested in how the substance use environment (e.g., alcohol outlet density) is related to both parental substance use behaviors and the perpetration of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Freisthler incorporates the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and spatial econometrics in understanding how social problems vary across geographic areas, such as neighborhoods, and identifying those areas in a community which are at risk for developing or already experiencing high levels of social problems based on a growing understanding of neighborhood ecologies.

Currently she is an Assistant Professor at UCLA’s Department of Social Welfare and Principal Investigator of a NIAAA-funded study examining the role of alcohol use and alcohol outlet density on child maltreatment for a sample of young adult parents. Previously at PRC, she worked on two projects that utilized environmental prevention strategies to reduce alcohol-related problems (e.g., assaults, alcohol overdoses) in ethnic-minority communities and on college campuses.

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