King’s current research focuses on understanding factors associated with the adoption and diffusion of mental health medications. Antidepressant, stimulant, and antipsychotic medications are among the fastest growing, most heavily marketed, and highest grossing classes of medications in the United States. The primary goal of this work is to understand how regulatory environments, at the state and institutional level, interact with physician characteristics, peer effects, and marketing efforts to influence prescribing patterns. King is particularly interested in how regulation can reduce potential conflicts of interest in medicine.
Analyzes the role that social influence and the diffusion of information about autism diagnoses have played in rising autism prevalence.