Laura Schmidt

PROF IN RES-HCOMP
Institute for Health Policy Studies
+1 415 476-0440

Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, is a Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. She holds a joint appointment in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. Dr. Schmidt is also Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program for UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She received her PhD training in sociology at UC Berkeley and while there, completed doctoral coursework in public health, and also holds a masters degree in clinical social work.

Dr. Schmidt's central goal is to bridge the worlds of biomedical research, clinical practice and population health in ways that help us better understand some of the most pressing issues in health and health care today: the widening of health disparities and the societal of regulation risk factors in chronic disease. Substantive areas of her research include addiction, poverty, obesity-related metabolic disease—all burdens that are profoundly influenced by the organization of care and the social environment. A hallmark of her research is blended methodologies: she incorporates historical-archival, ethnographic and quantitative methods into most of her studies as a way to cross-validate findings and better interpret their meaning. Since its inception, her research program has been stably funded through awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in combination with funding from private foundations, including the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Commonwealth Fund, Atlantic Philanthropies and Crossfit Foundation.

Publications: 

Promoting Adoption of Medication for Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders Through System Change.

Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs

Ford JH, Abraham AJ, Lupulescu-Mann N, Croff R, Hoffman KA, Alanis-Hirsch K, Chalk M, Schmidt L, McCarty D

Measuring Consumer Engagement: A Review of Tools and Findings.

Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality

Jacobs LM, Brindis CD, Hughes D, Kennedy CE, Schmidt LA

Achieving Health Equity Through Community Engagement in Translating Evidence to Policy: The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, 2010-2016.

Preventing chronic disease

Grumbach K, Vargas RA, Fleisher P, Aragón TJ, Chung L, Chawla C, Yant A, Garcia ER, Santiago A, Lang PL, Jones P, Liu W, Schmidt LA

Reframing the science and policy of nicotine, illegal drugs and alcohol - conclusions of the ALICE RAP Project.

F1000Research

Anderson P, Berridge V, Conrod P, Dudley R, Hellman M, Lachenmeier D, Lingford-Hughes A, Miller D, Rehm J, Room R, Schmidt L, Sullivan R, Ysa T, Gual A

Schmidt et al. Respond.

American journal of public health

Schmidt LA, Jacobs LM, Spetz J

Young People's More Permissive Views About Marijuana: Local Impact of State Laws or National Trend?

American journal of public health

Schmidt LA, Jacobs LM, Spetz J

Recent Developments in Alcohol Services Research on Access to Care.

Alcohol research : current reviews

Schmidt LA

Chocolate Milk in Schools.

Pediatrics

Dooley D, Patel A, Schmidt LA

Extended-Release Naltrexone: A Qualitative Analysis of Barriers to Routine Use.

Journal of substance abuse treatment

Alanis-Hirsch K, Croff R, Ford JH, Johnson K, Chalk M, Schmidt L, McCarty D

Reply to M.H. Kanter et al.

Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA

How do integrated health care systems address racial and ethnic disparities in colon cancer?

Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA

The handbook of global health policy

Ch. 9: Dietary policies to reduce non-communicable diseases

Afshin A, Micha R, Khatibzadeh S, Laura A. Schmidt, Mozaffarian D.

The equal right to drink.

Drug and alcohol review

Schmidt LA

New unsweetened truths about sugar.

JAMA internal medicine

Schmidt LA

Applicability of Type A/B alcohol dependence in the general population.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Tam TW, Mulia N, Schmidt LA

The increasing weight of regulation: countries combat the global obesity epidemic

Indiana Law Journal

Taylor, AL, Parento, EW, Laura A. Schmidt

Bellagio report on healthy agriculture, healthy nutrition, healthy people

Rev Panam Salud Publica

Simopoulos AP, Bourne PG, Faergeman O, Adrus, J, Christopher G, Clay WD, Gopalan, S, Jaffe R, Johnson RJ, Kosko L, Legrand, P, Li D, Marcos A, Peniston AM, Rehnborg S, Laura A. Schmidt, Scott I, Tontisirin K, Waitzberg DL.

Bellagio report on healthy agriculture, healthy nutrition, healthy people

J Nutrigenet Nutrigenomics

Simopoulos AP, Bourne PG, Faergeman O, Adrus, J, Christopher G, Clay WD, Gopalan, S, Jaffe R, Johnson RJ, Kosko L, Legrand, P, Li D, Marcos A, Peniston AM, Rehnborg S, Laura A. Schmidt, Scott I, Tontisirin K, Waitzberg DL

Bellagio report on healthy agriculture, healthy nutrition, healthy people

Journal of Zhejiang University (Agric. & Life Sci)

Simopoulos AP, Bourne PG, Faergeman O, Adrus, J, Christopher G, Clay WD, Gopalan, S, Jaffe R, Johnson RJ, Kosko L, Legrand, P, Li D, Marcos A, Peniston AM, Rehnborg S, Laura A. Schmidt, Scott I, Tontisirin K, Waitzberg DL

Bellagio report on healthy agriculture, healthy nutrition, healthy people

Nutricion Hospitalaria

Simopoulos AP, Bourne PG, Faergeman O, Adrus, J, Christopher G, Clay WD, Gopalan, S, Jaffe R, Johnson RJ, Kosko L, Legrand, P, Li D, Marcos A, Peniston AM, Rehnborg S, Laura A. Schmidt, Scott I, Tontisirin K, Waitzberg DL.

Bellagio report on healthy agriculture, healthy nutrition, healthy people

Nutrients

Simopoulos AP, Bourne PG, Faergeman O, Adrus, J, Christopher G, Clay WD, Gopalan, S, Jaffe R, Johnson RJ, Kosko L, Legrand, P, Li D, Marcos A, Peniston AM, Rehnborg S, Laura A. Schmidt, Scott I, Tontisirin K, Waitzberg DL

Contrasting trajectories of change in primary care clinics: lessons from New Orleans safety net.

Annals of family medicine

Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt L, Wu K, Wiley J

Context matters: the experience of 14 research teams in systematically reporting contextual factors important for practice change.

Annals of family medicine

Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Scammon DL, Waitzman NJ, Cronholm PF, Halladay JR, Driscoll DL, Solberg LI, Hsu C, Tai-Seale M, Hiratsuka V, Shih SC, Fetters MD, Wise CG, Alexander JA, Hauser D, McMullen CK, Scholle SH, Tirodkar MA, Schmidt L, Donahue KE, Parchman ML, Stange KC

Transforming primary care in the New Orleans safety-net: the patient experience.

Medical care

Schmidt LA, Rittenhouse DR, Wu KJ, Wiley JA

Reconsidering the effects of poverty and social support on health: a 5-year longitudinal test of the stress-buffering hypothesis.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Moskowitz D, Vittinghoff E, Schmidt L

The 2008-2009 recession and alcohol outcomes: differential exposure and vulnerability for Black and Latino populations.

Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs

Zemore SE, Mulia N, Jones-Webb RJ, Liu H, Schmidt L

Benefit or burden? A sociotechnical analysis of diagnostic computer kiosks in four California hospital emergency departments.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Ackerman SL, Tebb K, Stein JC, Frazee BW, Hendey GW, Schmidt LA, Gonzales R

Alcohol and the process of economic development: contributions from ethnographic research

International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

Schmidt, Laura and R. Room

Advancing recovery: implementing evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders at the systems level.

Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs

Schmidt LA, Rieckmann T, Abraham A, Molfenter T, Capoccia V, Roman P, Gustafson DH, McCarty D

Public health: The toxic truth about sugar.

Nature

Lustig RH, Schmidt LA, Brindis CD

Sources of biased inference in alcohol and drug services research: an instrumental variable approach.

Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs

Schmidt LA, Tam TW, Larson MJ

Preventing disparities in alcohol screening and brief intervention: the need to move beyond primary care.

Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research

Mulia N, Schmidt LA, Ye Y, Greenfield TK

Medicaid and Treatment for People with Substance Abuse Problems

Insurance instability: Replacement of aid to families with dependent children by temporary assistance for needy families and impact on Medicaid clients with substance abuse problems

Schmidt, Laura A., Tammy Tam, James Wiley and Constance M. Weisner

On the declining health status of welfare caseloads: emerging dilemmas for serving the poor.

Social work in public health

Schmidt LA, Zabkiewicz D, Henderson S, Jacobs L, Wiley J

Evaluation of patient centered medical home practice transformation initiatives.

Medical care

Crabtree BF, Chase SM, Wise CG, Schiff GD, Schmidt LA, Goyzueta JR, Malouin RA, Payne SM, Quinn MT, Nutting PA, Miller WL, Jaén CR

Priority public health conditions knowledge network (PPHC-KN) of the WHO/UN Commission on social determinants of health, Geneva: World Health Organization

Winner of the British Medical Association's "Best Book in Public Health" for 2011. ISBN-13 9789241563970

Schmidt LA, Mäkelä P, Rehm J, Room R. Alcohol: Equity and Social Determinants. In: Eric Blas and Anand Sivasankara Kurup (eds). Equity, Social Determinants and Public Health Programmes.

Priorities for policy research on treatments for alcohol and drug use disorders.

Journal of substance abuse treatment

McCarty D, McConnell KJ, Schmidt LA

Knowledge assets, substance abuse policy research program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Knowledge assets, substance abuse policy research program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Schmidt, Laura and Nina Mulia

The effects of failing to include hard-to-reach respondents in longitudinal surveys.

American journal of public health

Odierna DH, Schmidt LA

International regulation of alcohol.

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

Room R, Schmidt L, Rehm J, Mäkelä P

The mental health benefits of work: do they apply to welfare mothers with a drinking problem?

The journal of behavioral health services & research

Zabkiewicz D, Schmidt LA

Stress, social support and problem drinking among women in poverty.

Addiction (Abingdon, England)

Mulia N, Schmidt L, Bond J, Jacobs L, Korcha R

Does substance abuse matter much if it’s a “throw-away” job?

Substance use & misuse

Schmidt L, Zabkiewicz D.

Alcohol, health disparities and development

Alcohol, health disparities and development

Room, Robin, Pia Makela, Juergen Rehm and Laura Schmidt

Behavioral health problems as barriers to work: results from a 6-year panel study of welfare recipients.

The journal of behavioral health services & research

Zabkiewicz D, Schmidt LA

Ethnic disparities in clinical severity and services for alcohol problems: results from the National Alcohol Survey.

Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research

Schmidt LA, Ye Y, Greenfield TK, Bond J

Substance abuse and employment among welfare mothers: from welfare to work and back again?

Substance use & misuse

Schmidt L, Zabkiewicz D, Jacobs L, Wiley J

Changing patterns of addiction and public aid receipt: tracking the unintended consequences of welfare reform.

Journal of health politics, policy and law

Schmidt LA, Wiley J, Dohan D, Zabkiewicz D, Jacobs LM, Henderson S, Zivot M

Interpersonal violence among women seeking welfare: unraveling lives.

American journal of public health

Lown EA, Schmidt LA, Wiley J

Barriers to identifying substance abuse in the reformed welfare system

Social Service Review

Henderson, Stuart, Dohan, Daniel, Schmidt, Laura A.

Unequal treatment: racial and ethnic disparities in alcoholism treatment services.

Alcohol research & health : the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Schmidt L, Greenfield T, Mulia N

Unequal treatment: racial disparities in alcohol services

Alcohol Health and Research World

Schmidt, Laura A., Thomas K. Greenfield and Nina Mulia,

From enabling to bootstrapping: welfare workers' views of substance abuse and welfare reform

Contemporary Drug Problems

Dohan, Daniel, Laura Schmidt, and Stuart Henderson.

Private insurance and the utilization of chemical dependency treatment.

Journal of substance abuse treatment

Schmidt LA, Weisner CM

Who goes to alcohol and drug treatment? Understanding utilization within the context of insurance.

Journal of studies on alcohol

Weisner C, Matzger H, Tam T, Schmidt L

Addiction and welfare dependency: interpreting the connection

Social problems

Schmidt, Laura, Dan Dohan, James Wiley, Denise Zabkiewicz

Recent Developments in Alcoholism

Rethinking access to alcohol treatment

Weisner, Constance and Laura Schmidt

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, Clifton D. Bryant (Ed.)

Alcohol abuse, inpatient treatment strategies

Schmidt, Laura

Methods for evaluating policy changes in alcohol services.

Addiction (Abingdon, England)

Kaskutas LA, Schmidt LA, Weisner C, Greenfield TK

Welfare reform and the changing landscape of substance abuse services for low-income women.

Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research

Schmidt LA, McCarty D

Evaluating policy changes in services research on alcohol problems

Addiction

Kaskutas, Lee Ann, Laura Schmidt, and Constance Weisner

In Mary DuFour and Robert Wilson (eds.), Alcohol Epidemiology in Small Areas

“Survey and social indicator estimates of alcohol problems in the community: contrasting definitions and measures

Schmidt, Laura and Constance Weisner

New directions in alcohol and drug treatment under managed care.

The American journal of managed care

Weisner C, McCarty D, Schmidt L

Jalie Tucker, Dennis Donovan and Alan Marlatt (eds.): Changing Addictive Behavior

Public health perspectives on service utilization patterns for substance disorders

Schmidt, Laura and Constance Weisner

Substance abuse and the course of welfare dependency.

American journal of public health

Schmidt L, Weisner C, Wiley J

Patterns in service use by problem drinkers

Addiction

Tam, Tammy, Laura Schmidt and Constance Weisner

Expanding the frame of health services research in the drug abuse field.

Health services research

Weisner C, Schmidt LA

Expanding the frame of health services research in the drug abuse field

Health services research

Weisner, Constance and Laura Schmidt

In: Marc Galanter (ed.), Recent Developments in Alcoholism

The Emergence of Problem-Drinking Women as a Special Population in Need of Treatment

Schmidt, Laura and Constance Weisner

Alcohol and drug problems among diverse health and social service populations.

American journal of public health

Weisner C, Schmidt L

A profile of problem drinkers in public mental health services

Hospital and Community Psychiatry

Schmidt, Laura

Gender disparities in treatment for alcohol problems

Journal of the American Medical Association

Schmidt, Laura

Problem drinkers and the welfare bureaucracy

Social Service Review

Schmidt, Laura