Marissa King

Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
Chapter Member: Connecticut SSN
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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.



"The Geography of Antidepressant, Antipsychotic, and Stimulant Utilization in the United States" (with Connor Essick). Health & Place 20 (forthcoming): 32-38.
Analyzes local and regional geographic variability in the use of antidepressant, antipsychotic and stimulant medications in the United States and finds that access to health care, insurance coverage and pharmaceutical marketing efforts explain much of the geographic variation in use.
"Socioeconomic Status and the Increased Prevalence of Autism in California" (with Peter Bearman). American Sociological Review 76 (2011): 320-346.
Shows the importance of community resources, parental education, and parental wealth for receiving an autism diagnosis.
"Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic" (with Kayuet Liu and Peter Bearman). American Journal of Sociology 115 (2010): 1387-1434.

Analyzes the role that social influence and the diffusion of information about autism diagnoses have played in rising autism prevalence.

"Antislavery in America: The Press, the Post, and the Pulpit, 1790-1840" (with Heather Haveman). Administrative Science Quarterly 53 (2008): 492-528.
Examines the organizational foundations of the antislavery movement.