Laura J. Faherty

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Physician Policy Researcher
Boston Office


B.A. in history of science, Princeton University; M.D., Emory University School of Medicine; M.P.H. in global epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; M.S.H.P. in health policy research, University of Pennsylvania

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Laura Faherty is a physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to joining RAND, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

A board-certified, practicing pediatrician with a public health and health services research background, Faherty’s research focuses on maternal-child health and pandemic preparedness and response, both in U.S. and non-U.S. settings. Her current work addresses behavioral health in the perinatal period, including opioid use in pregnancy and perinatal depression; the translation of research into better outcomes after public health emergencies; the development of the 2020 National Vaccine Plan, and innovative strategies to increase access and equity in health care delivery to vulnerable populations. She completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital. Faherty received her B.A. in history of science from Princeton University, her M.D. and M.P.H. in global epidemiology from Emory University, and her M.S. in health policy research from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine; Urgent care pediatrician, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Recent Projects

  • An Exploratory Analysis of the Association of State Policies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Evaluation of PMA2020 and Track20 (Two Global Family Planning Data Programs)
  • Depression Care to Improve Adherence to PMTCT Care Continuum and Pregnancy Outcomes in Uganda
  • Impact Assessment and Strategic Planning for the World Trade Center Health Program's Research-to-Care Model
  • Feasibility Study and Conceptual Model for a System of Care for Infectious Diseases

Selected Publications

Stephen W. Patrick, Laura J. Faherty, Andrew Dick, Theresa A. Scott, Judith Dudley, Bradley D. Stein. , "Association Among County-Level Economic Factors, Clinician Supply, Metropolitan or Rural Location, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome," Journal of the American Medical Association, 321(4), 2019

Laura J. Faherty, Heather L Schwartz, Faruque Ahmed, Yenlik Zheteyeva; Lori Uscher-Pines, "School and preparedness officials' perspectives on social distancing practices to reduce influenza transmission during a pandemic: Considerations to guide future work," Preventive Medicine Reports, 2019 (forthcoming)

Faherty, LJ; Hantsoo, L; Appleby, D; Sammel, M; Bennett, I; Wiebe, DJ. , "Movement Patterns in Women at Risk for Perinatal Depression: Use of a Mood-Monitoring Mobile Application in Pregnancy. ," Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association., 24(4), 2017

Faherty, LJ, Rasmussen, SA, and Lurie, N, "A Call for Science Preparedness for Pregnant Women in Public Health Emergencies," American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2016

Faherty, LJ, Rasmussen, SA, and Lurie, N, "Planning for Research on Children During Public Health Emergencies," Pediatrics, 137(2), 2016

Faherty, L.J., Matone, M., Passarella, M., Lorch S., "Mental Health of Mothers of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Prenatal Opioid Exposure ," Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2018 (forthcoming)

Faherty, L.J., Doubeni, C.A, "Unintended Consequences of Screening for Ebola," American Journal of Public Health, 105(9), 2015

Laura J. Faherty, Benjamin French, Alexander Fiks, "Gender of the Clinician, Child, and Guardian and the Association with Receipt of Routine Adolescent Vaccines," Journal of Adolescent Health, 59(1), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Bob Brook Scholar Award (2017), The RAND Corporation
  • Medal Award - Bronze (2019), The RAND Corporation




  • A boy getting a vaccination

    On Vaccines, Trump Should Rely on Science

    Research has proven that vaccines are extremely safe and effective. The public health implications of questioning this are serious. America should take every opportunity to protect kids by vaccinating them against every vaccine-preventable disease.

    Jan 25, 2017 The Health Care Blog