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    Laura Schmidt

    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentInstitute for Health Policy Studies
    Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
    San Francisco CA 94143

      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 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Commonwealth Fund, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Laura & John Arnold Foundation.

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      1. Kearns CE, Glantz SA, Schmidt LA. Sugar Industry Influence on the Scientific Agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research’s 1971 National Caries Program: A Historical Analysis of Internal Documents. PLos Medicine. 2015; 3(12).
      2. Afshin A, Micha R, Khatibzadeh S, Laura A. Schmidt, Mozaffarian D. . The handbook of global health policy. Ch. 9: Dietary policies to reduce non-communicable diseases. 2014; 177-193.
      3. Schmidt LA. The equal right to drink. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2014 Oct 10.
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      4. Mulia N, Tam TW, Schmidt LA. Disparities in the use and quality of alcohol treatment services and some proposed solutions to narrow the gap. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 May 1; 65(5):626-33.
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      5. Schmidt LA. New unsweetened truths about sugar. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Apr 1; 174(4):525-6.
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      6. Tam TW, Mulia N, Schmidt LA. Applicability of Type A/B alcohol dependence in the general population. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 May 1; 138:169-76.
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      7. Taylor, AL, Parento, EW, Laura A. Schmidt. The increasing weight of regulation: countries combat the global obesity epidemic. Indiana Law Journal. 2014; 1:90.
      8. 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. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2013; 3(33).
      9. 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. 2013; (6):34-42.
      10. 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). 2013; 40(39).
      11. 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. 2013; 2(5):411-423.
      12. 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. 2013; (28):1761-1769.
      13. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. Incentivizing primary care providers to innovate: building medical homes in the post-katrina new orleans safety net. Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb; 49(1):75-92.
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      14. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt L, Wu K, Wiley J. Contrasting trajectories of change in primary care clinics: lessons from New Orleans safety net. Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun; 11 Suppl 1:S60-7.
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      15. 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. Context matters: the experience of 14 research teams in systematically reporting contextual factors important for practice change. Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun; 11 Suppl 1:S115-23.
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      16. Schmidt LA, Rittenhouse DR, Wu KJ, Wiley JA. Transforming primary care in the New Orleans safety-net: the patient experience. Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):158-64.
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      17. Moskowitz D, Vittinghoff E, Schmidt L. Reconsidering the effects of poverty and social support on health: a 5-year longitudinal test of the stress-buffering hypothesis. J Urban Health. 2013 Feb; 90(1):175-84.
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      18. Zemore SE, Mulia N, Jones-Webb RJ, Liu H, Schmidt L. The 2008-2009 recession and alcohol outcomes: differential exposure and vulnerability for Black and Latino populations. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Jan; 74(1):9-20.
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      19. Schmidt LA. Commentary on Steingrimsson et?al. (2012): an equal right to addiction. Addiction. 2012 Nov; 107(11):1963-4.
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      20. Ackerman SL, Tebb K, Stein JC, Frazee BW, Hendey GW, Schmidt LA, Gonzales R. Benefit or burden? A sociotechnical analysis of diagnostic computer kiosks in four California hospital emergency departments. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Dec; 75(12):2378-85.
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      21. Ye Y, Bond JC, Schmidt LA, Mulia N, Tam TW. Toward a better understanding of when to apply propensity scoring: a comparison with conventional regression in ethnic disparities research. Ann Epidemiol. 2012 Oct; 22(10):691-7.
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      22. Rittenhouse DR, Schmidt LA, Wu KJ, Wiley J. The post-Katrina conversion of clinics in New Orleans to medical homes shows change is possible, but hard to sustain. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Aug; 31(8):1729-38.
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      23. Schmidt, Laura and R. Room. Alcohol and the process of economic development: contributions from ethnographic research. International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. 2012; 1(1):1-15.
      24. Schmidt LA, Rieckmann T, Abraham A, Molfenter T, Capoccia V, Roman P, Gustafson DH, McCarty D. Advancing recovery: implementing evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders at the systems level. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2012 May; 73(3):413-22.
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      25. Lustig RH, Schmidt LA, Brindis CD. Public health: The toxic truth about sugar. Nature. 2012 Feb 2; 482(7383):27-9.
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      26. Schmidt LA, Tam TW, Larson MJ. Sources of biased inference in alcohol and drug services research: an instrumental variable approach. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2012 Jan; 73(1):144-53.
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      27. Mulia N, Schmidt LA, Ye Y, Greenfield TK. Preventing disparities in alcohol screening and brief intervention: the need to move beyond primary care. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2011 Sep; 35(9):1557-60.
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      28. Schmidt, Laura A., Tammy Tam, James Wiley and Constance M. Weisner. 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. 2011.
      29. Crabtree BF, Chase SM, Wise CG, Schiff GD, Schmidt LA, Goyzueta JR, Malouin RA, Payne SM, Quinn MT, Nutting PA, Miller WL, Jaén CR. Evaluation of patient centered medical home practice transformation initiatives. Med Care. 2011 Jan; 49(1):10-6.
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      30. Schmidt LA, Zabkiewicz D, Henderson S, Jacobs L, Wiley J. On the declining health status of welfare caseloads: emerging dilemmas for serving the poor. Soc Work Public Health. 2011; 26(2):189-211.
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      31. 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. 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. 2011; 11-30.
      32. McCarty D, McConnell KJ, Schmidt LA. Priorities for policy research on treatments for alcohol and drug use disorders. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2010 Sep; 39(2):87-95.
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      33. Schmidt, Laura. The changing face of medicine: women doctors and the evolution of health care in America. Contemporary Sociology. 2009; 38(6):548-549.
      34. Schmidt, Laura and Nina Mulia. Knowledge assets, substance abuse policy research program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2009.
      35. Odierna DH, Schmidt LA. The effects of failing to include hard-to-reach respondents in longitudinal surveys. Am J Public Health. 2009 Aug; 99(8):1515-21.
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      36. Room R, Schmidt L, Rehm J, Mäkelä P. International regulation of alcohol. BMJ. 2008; 337:a2364.
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      37. Zabkiewicz D, Schmidt LA. The mental health benefits of work: do they apply to welfare mothers with a drinking problem? J Behav Health Serv Res. 2009 Jan; 36(1):96-110.
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      38. Mulia N, Schmidt L, Bond J, Jacobs L, Korcha R. Stress, social support and problem drinking among women in poverty. Addiction. 2008 Aug; 103(8):1283-93.
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      39. Schmidt L, Zabkiewicz D. . Does substance abuse matter much if it’s a “throw-away” job?. Substance Use & Misuse. 2007; 42(7):1210-1211.
      40. Zabkiewicz D, Schmidt LA. Behavioral health problems as barriers to work: results from a 6-year panel study of welfare recipients. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2007 Apr; 34(2):168-85.
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      41. Room, Robin, Pia Makela, Juergen Rehm and Laura Schmidt. Alcohol, health disparities and development. 2007.
      42. Schmidt LA, Ye Y, Greenfield TK, Bond J. Ethnic disparities in clinical severity and services for alcohol problems: results from the National Alcohol Survey. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2007 Jan; 31(1):48-56.
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      43. Schmidt L, Zabkiewicz D, Jacobs L, Wiley J. Substance abuse and employment among welfare mothers: from welfare to work and back again? Subst Use Misuse. 2007; 42(7):1069-87.
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      44. Schmidt LA, Wiley J, Dohan D, Zabkiewicz D, Jacobs LM, Henderson S, Zivot M. Changing patterns of addiction and public aid receipt: tracking the unintended consequences of welfare reform. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2006 Oct; 31(5):945-80.
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      45. Lown EA, Schmidt LA, Wiley J. Interpersonal violence among women seeking welfare: unraveling lives. Am J Public Health. 2006 Aug; 96(8):1409-15.
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      46. Henderson, Stuart, Dohan, Daniel, Schmidt, Laura A. Barriers to identifying substance abuse in the reformed welfare system. Social Service Review. 2006; 80(2):217-223.
      47. Schmidt, Laura A., Thomas K. Greenfield and Nina Mulia, . Unequal treatment: racial disparities in alcohol services. Alcohol Health and Research World. 2006; 29(1):49-54.
      48. Schmidt L, Greenfield T, Mulia N. Unequal treatment: racial and ethnic disparities in alcoholism treatment services. Alcohol Res Health. 2006; 29(1):49-54.
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      49. Dohan, Daniel, Laura Schmidt, and Stuart Henderson. . From enabling to bootstrapping: welfare workers' views of substance abuse and welfare reform. Contemporary Drug Problems. 2005; 32:429-455.
      50. Schmidt LA, Weisner CM. Private insurance and the utilization of chemical dependency treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2005 Jan; 28(1):67-76.
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      51. Weisner C, Delucchi K, Matzger H, Schmidt L. The role of community services and informal support on five-year drinking trajectories of alcohol dependent and problem drinkers. J Stud Alcohol. 2003 Nov; 64(6):862-73.
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      52. Mulia, Nina and Laura Schmidt. Conflicts and trade-offs due to alcohol and drugs: clients' accounts of leaving welfare. Social Service Review. 2003; 77(4):499-522.
      53. Weisner C, Matzger H, Tam T, Schmidt L. Who goes to alcohol and drug treatment? Understanding utilization within the context of insurance. J Stud Alcohol. 2002 Nov; 63(6):673-82.
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      54. Schmidt, Laura, Dan Dohan, James Wiley, Denise Zabkiewicz. Addiction and welfare dependency: interpreting the connection. Social Problems. 2002; 49:221-241.
      55. Weisner, Constance and Laura Schmidt. Recent Developments in Alcoholism. Rethinking access to alcohol treatment. 2001; 13.
      56. Schmidt, Laura. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, Clifton D. Bryant (Ed.). Alcohol abuse, inpatient treatment strategies. 2001.
      57. Kaskutas LA, Schmidt LA, Weisner C, Greenfield TK. Methods for evaluating policy changes in alcohol services. Addiction. 2000 Nov; 95 Suppl 3:S329-45.
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      58. Schmidt LA, McCarty D. Welfare reform and the changing landscape of substance abuse services for low-income women. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2000 Aug; 24(8):1298-311.
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      59. Kaskutas, Lee Ann, Laura Schmidt, and Constance Weisner. Evaluating policy changes in services research on alcohol problems. Addiction. 2000; 95:S329-346, 2000.
      60. Schmidt, Laura 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. 2000; 57-84.
      61. Weisner C, McCarty D, Schmidt L. New directions in alcohol and drug treatment under managed care. Am J Manag Care. 1999 Jun 25; 5 Spec No:SP57-69.
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      62. Schmidt, Laura and Robin Room. Problems of cultural translation in international classifications and research on alcohol dependence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 1999; 60:448-462.
      63. Schmidt, Laura and Constance Weisner. Jalie Tucker, Dennis Donovan and Alan Marlatt (eds.): Changing Addictive Behavior. Public health perspectives on service utilization patterns for substance disorders. 1999; 67-96.
      64. Schmidt L, Weisner C, Wiley J. Substance abuse and the course of welfare dependency. Am J Public Health. 1998 Nov; 88(11):1616-22.
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      65. Tam TW, Schmidt L, Weisner C. Patterns in the institutional encounters of problem drinkers in a community human services network. Addiction. 1996 May; 91(5):657-69.
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      66. Room, Robin, A. Janca, Linda A. Bennett, Laura Schmidt, and N. Sartorius. Back to the drawing board? Comments on the comments on Room et al.: WHO cross-cultural applicability research on diagnosis and assessment of substance use disorders: An overview of methods and selected results. Addiction. 1996; 91:22-230.
      67. Room, Robin, Aleksandar Janca, Linda Bennett, Laura Schmidt and Norman Sartorius. World Health Organization cross-cultural applicability research on the diagnosis of substance abuse disorders: an overview of methods and selected results. Addiction. 1996; 91:199-220.
      68. Tam, Tammy, Laura Schmidt and Constance Weisner. Patterns in service use by problem drinkers. Addiction. 1996; 91:657-669.
      69. Weisner C, Schmidt LA. Expanding the frame of health services research in the drug abuse field. Health Serv Res. 1995 Dec; 30(5):707-26.
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      70. Weisner C, Schmidt L. The Community Epidemiology Laboratory: studying alcohol problems in community and agency-based populations. Addiction. 1995 Mar; 90(3):329-41.
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      71. Weisner, Constance and Laura Schmidt . Expanding the frame of health services research in the drug abuse field. Health Services Research. 1995; 30:707-726.
      72. Schmidt, Laura. The role of problem drinking in psychiatric admissions. Addiction. 1995; 90:375-390.
      73. Weisner, Constance and Laura Schmidt . The community epidemiology laboratory: studying alcohol problems in community and agency-based populations. Addiction. 1995; 90:329-342.
      74. Weisner, Constance, Laura Schmidt and Tammy Tam . Assessing bias in community-based prevalence estimates: towards an unduplicated count of problem drinkers and drug users. Addiction. 1995; 90:391-406.
      75. Schmidt, Laura . A battle not man's but God's': origins of the american temperance crusade in the struggle for religious authority "Response to commentary on religion and temperance." Vol. 57, pp. 220-221, 1996. (Article reprinted in 2000.). Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 1995; 56:309-326.
      76. Schmidt, Laura and Constance Weisner . In: Marc Galanter (ed.), Recent Developments in Alcoholism. The Emergence of Problem-Drinking Women as a Special Population in Need of Treatment. 1995; 12:309-326.
      77. Weisner C, Schmidt L. Alcohol and drug problems among diverse health and social service populations. Am J Public Health. 1993 Jun; 83(6):824-9.
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      78. Schmidt, Laura. Developments in alcohol treatment systems: a ten year review.” In: Marc Galanter (ed.). Plenum Press, New York. Recent Developments in Alcoholism. 1993; 11:369-396.
      79. Schmidt, Laura. A profile of problem drinkers in public mental health services. Hospital and Community Psychiatry. 1992; 43:245-250.
      80. Schmidt, Laura. Gender disparities in treatment for alcohol problems. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1992; 268:1872-1876.
      81. Schmdit, Laura. Specialization in alcoholism and mental health treatment: the 'dual diagnosis' problem. Journal of Drug Issues. 1991; (21):859-874.
      82. Schmidt, Laura. Problem drinkers and the welfare bureaucracy. Social Service Review. 1990; (64):390-406.
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