Laura Blaisdell, MD, MPH, FAAP


 Research Interests

  • Vaccine hesitancy and decision making among parents
  • Use of social media for research recruitment

Dr. Laura Blaisdell is a practicing board certified pediatrician and health services researcher.  She received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a medical doctorate and public health degree (MD/MPH) at the University of Minnesota, and completed a residency in pediatrics at Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Blaisdell divides her time between community pediatrics practice at InterMed and CORE, where she conducts research on vaccine hesitation and decision-making among parents.  She has also been a site project director for the National Children’s Study, where she also led studies of new social media strategies for research recruitment.In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Blaisdell serves as Chief of Pediatrics at InterMed and has served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at MMC.

She resides in South Portland and Fayette, Maine where she lives with her two sons and husband.

Blaisdell LL, Chace R, Hallagan LD, Clark DE.  A Half Century of Burn Epidemiology and Burn Care in a Rural State. J Burn Care Res. 2011 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Blaisdell LL, Hayman JA, Moran AM.  Infliximab Treatment for Pediatric Refractory Kawasaki Disease.  Pediatr Cardiol. 2011 Oct;32(7):1023-7. Epub 2011 Jul 20

Robinson S, Averhoff F, Kiel J, Blaisdell L, Haber M, Sites A, Copeland D.  Pandemic influenza A in residential summer camps – Maine, 2009. Pediatr Infect Dis J.

Blaisdell LL, Vosmus R, Engel K, Gilbert P, Rogers V, Chilmoncyzk B. Effectiveness of a Population-Based Asthma Program in Children: 9 Year Data Review.  American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2009 Annual Meeting; Miami Beach, FL.  November 5-10, 2009.

Barham A BJ, Farina-Henry E, Gagnon P, Blaisdell LL, Bancroft J. Maine Study Center: Benefits and Lessons of Multi-Method Community Engagement. In; Februrary 24, 2011.

Farina-Henry E, Waterston LB, & Blaisdell LL.  Social Media Use in Research: Engaging Communities in Cohort Studies to Support Recruitment and Retention. JMIR Res Protoc.  2015 Jul 22;4(3).

Blaisdell LL, Gutheil C, Hootsmans NA, & Han, PK.  Unknown Risks:  Parental Hesitation about Vaccination.  Med Dec Making. (accepted, publication date pending)