Dr. Friese has a Ph.D. in sociology with specialization in family sociology and demography from the University of South Carolina. She was a NICHD postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was also a NIAAA postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She has many years of advanced experience in the field of survey research, evaluation, and program design and implementation and has extensive experience conducting research in school and family settings.
She has collaborated on a number of school surveys designed to investigate alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior, as well as mental health. She has also been involved in content analyses of alcohol in television, as well as alcohol commercials, including the design of the qualitative analysis. She was the Associate Director of FAST National Training and Evaluation Center, the organization responsible for evaluating Families and Schools Together, a family-based model prevention program.
Prior to that, she was the Associate Director of the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars, an organization dedicated to strengthening the connections between research and policymaking. Her current research interests include adolescent risk behaviors, including drinking and drug use, childhood obesity, and family-based prevention programs.