An applied population health scientist and community psychologist, Dr. Darcy A. Freedman is nationally recognized for her contributions to community nutrition. She brings a trans-disciplinary background to her research agenda, developing policy and systems-level interventions to promote health equity by addressing the complex interplay between public health and the environment. Since joining Case Western Reserve University in 2013, she has successfully grown a research program focused on the intersection of health equity and community nutrition. Dr. Freedman’s technology, FM Tracks, is now the gold-standard method used nationally to evaluate healthy food incentive programming. She regularly advises and testifies to inform federal, state, and local nutrition policy.
- Community-level Interventions
- Environmental Health Equity
- Community-engaged Research
- Primary Prevention of Chronic Disease (e.g., Obesity, diabetes, cancer)
- Nutrition and Food Security
- Advance environmental health equity through community-engaged research and action
Contributions to science:
- Food systems and health
- Implementation and dissemination science for health promotion
- Community systems science for environmental health equity
- Participatory research methodologies
- National Institute of Drug Abuse. Optimizing Healing in Ohio Communities: National HEALing Communities Study.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (FINI/GusCRR). Harvesting Health in the Heartland through Statewide Nutrition Incentive Program Expansion.
- National Institutes of Health (NCATS), UL1TR002548-01. Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC).
- U.S. Department of Agriculture. Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention (BCOP)
Student and mentee totals, over Case Western Reserve University career/full academic career:
- Master’s: 5/29
- PhD: 9/14
- PostDoc: 6/7
- Current careers of PhD and Postdoctoral scholars:
- Optum Life Sciences HEOR/UnitedHealth Group,Senior Health Economics Researcher
- Center for Health Services and Policy Research, University of South Carolina, Research Associate
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Assistant Professor
- School of Medicine Consultation Center, Yale University, Postdoctoral Fellow
- Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Postdoctoral Fellow
- University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children, Data Scientist
- National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, Research Scholar
- Georgia Southern University, Associate Professor