Darcy A. Freedman, PhD

Director, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, School of Medicine


  • Ph.D. Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate Women’s and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2008
  • M.P.H., Behavioral Sciences, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, 2000
  • B.A., Zoology, Miami University, 1998

Underserved Populations and Community Research

  • Health disparities
  • Reduce chronic disease trends and inequities by promoting healthy community environments
  • Food access and the food environment

Darcy A. Freedman, PhD research focuses on developing, testing, and disseminating policy and systems-level interventions to promote health equity by addressing the complex interplay between public health and the environment. Dr. Freedman conducts transdisciplinary community-engaged research in the area of community nutrition. She developed FM Tracks which serves as the gold standard method used nationally to evaluate healthy food incentive programming.