Senior Fellow

Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA

  • Director of Engagement, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
  • Associate Professor, Family and Community Health, Penn Nursing
  • Associate Professor, Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Scientific Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), Perelman School of Medicine

Alison M. Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the Penn’s School of Nursing and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Buttenheim is a public health researcher and behavioral epidemiologist who combines her interest in behavioral economics with a focus on improving child health on a global level. She has designed and evaluated interventions to improve parental and family decision-making across a broad range of topics, including food access in low-income neighborhoods, childhood obesity, vaccine hesitancy, and participation in large-scale vector control programs. An evaluation expert, Dr. Buttenheim has published or consulted on several international evaluations, including school feeding schemes in Laos, household sanitation in Bangladesh, national family planning strategies in Niger and Jordan, and global tobacco surveillance strategies.

Dr. Buttenheim graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a BA in History, earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in Community Health Sciences and minored in Sociology/Demography. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Penn.

You can listen to her describe some of her work here: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/03/12/cc-buttenheim/

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