Christopher Freed

Christopher Freed

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Sociology

Research Interests
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Sociology and History of Drugs


Dr. Christopher R. Freed is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology Anthropology, and Social Work. Dr. Freed also serves as Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Arts Program in Sociology. Dr. Freed holds a B.A. in Sociology from Union College in Schenectady, New York, an M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, The City University of New York, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Sociology from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Dr. Freed previously taught sociology at The New School in New York City and is a former National Institute on Drug Abuse Predoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research. Dr. Freed has held research positions at Harvard Medical School and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Selected Publications

Freed, Christopher R. 2016. Review of Meth Mania: A History of Methamphetamine by Nicholas L. Parsons. Contemporary Sociology 45(2):223-225.

Freed, Christopher R. and Ronald D. Franks. 2013. “Medical Trainees Need More Than
Simple Role Modeling to Be Prepared for Professional and Ethical Decisions.” Academic Medicine 88(8):1053.

Freed, Christopher R., Shantisha T. Hansberry, and Martha I. Arrieta. 2013. “Structural and
Hidden Barriers to a Local Primary Health Care Infrastructure: Autonomy, Decisions about Primary Health Care, and the Centrality and Significance of Power.” Pp. 57-81 in Research in the Sociology of Health Care. Vol. 31, Social Determinants, Health Disparities and Linkages to Health and Health Care, edited by J. J. Kronenfeld. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Rao, Aarati, Christopher R. Freed, and Riley F. Trimm. 2013. “International and American
Medical Graduates in a U.S. Pediatric Residency Program: A Qualitative Study about Challenges during Post-Graduate Year 1.” Medical Teacher 35(10):815-819.

Freed, Christopher R. 2012. “Historical Perspectives on Addiction.” Pp. 27-47 in American
Psychological Association Addiction Syndrome Handbook, edited by H. J. Shaffer, D. LaPlante, and S. Nelson. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Freed, Christopher R., Daniel M. Bonnici, Lauren N. Craddock, and Ronald D. Franks. 2012.
“Professional and Ethical Decision-Making among Health Science Students: A Call to Action about Critical Thinking.” Medical Science Educator 22(1):33-36.

Freed, Christopher R. 2011. Review of Scripting Addiction: The Politics of Therapeutic Talk and American Sobriety by E. Summerson Carr. Contemporary Sociology 40(6):697-698.


Freed, Christopher R. 2011. Teaching and Learning Guide for: “In the Spirit of Selden Bacon:
The Sociology of Drinking and Drug Problems.” Sociology Compass 5(1):121-127.

Freed, Christopher R. 2010. “Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry in America:
Commonalities in the Medical Treatment of Addiction.” Contemporary Drug Problems 37(Spring):139-163.

Freed, Christopher R. 2010. “In the Spirit of Selden Bacon: The Sociology of Drinking and
Drug Problems.” Sociology Compass 4(10):856-868.

Freed, Christopher R. 2007. “Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry in America: The
Impact of Physicians in Recovery on the Medical Treatment of Addiction.” Contemporary Drug Problems 34(Spring):111-135.

Shaffer, Howard J. and Christopher R. Freed. 2005. “Assessment of Gambling-Related
Disorders.” Pp. (334) 391 in Assessment of Addictive Behaviors, 2d ed., edited by D. M. Donovan and G. A. Marlatt. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Shaffer, Howard J., Christopher R. Freed, and Daryl Healea. 2002. “Gambling Disorders
Among Homeless Persons With Substance Use Disorders Seeking Treatment at a Community Center.” Psychiatric Services 53(9):1112-1117.