Public Health Policy & Administration
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 policy and communication related to consumption choices, with a focus on sustainable diets and tobacco use. She is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which advocates and corporations make use of social media, news media coverage and agenda setting, and innovative policy approaches to promoting behavior change. Dr. Laestadius is also interested in policy efforts to minimize the public health impacts of industrial agriculture.
More broadly, Dr. Laestadius’ research and teaching interests include public health advocacy and the policy making and implementation process. Her work primarily relies on a qualitative approach.