Photo Page: 2018 Penn Behavioral Science and Health Symposium

Photo Page: 2018 Penn Behavioral Science and Health Symposium

Top Researchers From Across the Country Gather to Discuss Latest Findings
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Photos: Hoag Levins

Engaged with the audience after her presentation at the University of Pennsylvania's 2018 Behavioral Science and Health Symposium is New York University Economist Tatiana Homonoff, PhD. Hosted by Penn's Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the annual event brings together top behavioral scientists from across the country to discuss their latest research findings and explore potential collaborative projects. Click image for larger

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Opening the eighth annual Behavioral Science and Health Symposium was CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD (above, left), Health Policy Division Chief of the Perelman School of Medicine's Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department, and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI). Above, right, the two-day gathering convened in the Wharton School's Colloquium Hall where Duke University's Janet Schwartz, PhD, took advantage of the newly-upgraded projection wall that remains vividly clear, even in bright room light. She discussed how Facebook can be used to recruit clinical trial participants and measure their online behavior.

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Presenter Heather Schofield, PhD (above, left), detailed the latest findings in her study of how inadequate sleep impacts cognitive function and decision-making. She is an Assistant Professor in the Penn Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department and an LDI Senior Fellow. Above, right is presenter M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, Director of Penn's Behavioral Science & Analytics for Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) Lab. He detailed his latest studies involving smart phone technology and behavioral economics interventions aimed at reducing automotive crashes due to distracted and alcohol-impaired driving. Delgado is also an LDI Senior Fellow and trauma center physician.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor of Social Psychology Paschal Sheeran, PhD (above, left), discusses the "question-behavior effect" -- the principle that questioning someone about future behavior can influence their subsequent performance of that behavior. In one study he cited, health care workers were surveyed about their intention to get flu vaccinations. There was then a subsequent 6% increase in the number who actually did get vaccinated. Above, right, Wharton School Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy Iwan Barankay, PhD, queries a speaker.

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Debating a point in a Q&A session (above, left) is George Loewenstein, PhD, Co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Behavioral Decision Research, and Director of the Roybal Pilot Program at Penn's (CHIBE). Above, right, joining a floor discussion is Ellen Peters, PhD, Keynote Speaker, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative at Ohio State University. Her later presentation focused on numeracy and health-related decision making.

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Above, left, is audience member Ariel Zucker, PhD, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics, and Shivan Metha, MD, MBA, Director of Operations at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and an LDI Senior Fellow. Above, right, listening intently, are CHIBE Managing Director Joelle Friedman and Director Kevin Volpp; Dina Abdel-Rahman, Clinical Research Coordinator at the Penn Medicine Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research; Yoonhee Ha, MSc, MPhil, MD-PhD Candidate in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the Perelman School and Associate LDI Fellow; and Evan Spencer, Clinical research Coordinator at the Penn Medicine Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research.

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Taking a break in a portrait-lined corridor (above, left) are Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, Director of the Penn Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center (PAIR) and LDI Senior Fellow; Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, Chief of General Internal Medicine at Northwestern University School of Medicine; and Lynn Garner, PhD, President of the Donaghue Foundation. Above, right, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Director Lori Melichar, PhD, chats with Ted Robertson, MPA, Managing Director of the behavioral design lab, Ideas42.

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Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit and LDI Senior Fellow Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA (above, left), spends a break talking shop with Donaghue Foundation President Lynn Garner, PhD. Above, right, engaged in a luncheon discussion is Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Perelman School, and LDI Senior Fellow.

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Enjoying a break (above, left) are Heather Schofield, PhD, and CHIBE Interim Director and Penn Nursing School Associate Professor Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA. Both are LDI Senior Fellows. Above, right, Katherine Milkman, PhD, Wharton School Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions and LDI Senior Fellow chats with Ted Robertson, MPA.

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The Symposium's evening reception took place in the Egyptian Upper Gallery in the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Gathered at the entrance to the gallery's Egyptian Mummy Secrets and Science section (above, left) are [top row] Jessica Cohen, PhD, Harvard Associate Professor of Global Health; Elana Safran, MPP, U.S. General Services Office Behavioral Scientist; Sara Bleich, PhD, Harvard Professor of Public Policy and Management; Keith Ericson, PhD, Boston University Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law; Jennifer Lerner, PhD, Harvard Professor of Public Policy and Management; and Sally Sadoff, PhD, University of California - San Diego Assistant Professor of Economics. [Bottom row] Penn Medicine faculty members and LDI Senior Fellows Shivan Metha, Mitesh Patel and M. Kit Delgado. Above, right, MIT economist Ariel Zucker browses the museum's mummy exhibits.

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Gathering for a photo op at the 3,000-year-old statue of Pharaoh Ramesses II (above, left) are Pascal Sheeran, PhD, University of North Carolina Professor of Social Psychology; Kevin Volpp, CHIBE Director; Angela Bryan, PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder Professor of Social Psychology and Neuroscience; Ayelet Fishbach, PhD, Yale School of Management Visiting Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing; and Ellen Peters, PhD, Ohio State University Professor of Psychology. Above, right, gathered at a massive head of Ramesses II are Devin Mann, MD, NYU Langone Health Associate Professor of Population Health; Andrea Troxel, ScD, Director of the NYU Division of Biostatistics; Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Penn Nursing and Interim CHIBE Director; Jason Somerville, Cornell Economics PhD student; Tatiana Homonoff, PhD, NYU Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy; Laura Zatz, MPH, Harvard PhD student; and Joelle Friedman, MPA, CHIBE Managing Director.

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The Symposium dinner took place in the Penn Museum's Chinese Rotunda, a spectacular antiquities-filled space that soars to a 90-foot-high dome. Above, left, attendees begin to fill the tables.

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Hoag Levins is the Editor of Digital Publications at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), and a former staff reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.