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Alison Buttenheim, Ph.D.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Demography, Public Health

Area(s) of Expertise:
Child Health and Nutrition, Social Disparities in Chronic Health Risk, Food Security, Obesity, Vaccine Refusal, Natural Disasters and Health



Two core questions motivate Dr. Buttenheim's interdisciplinary research agenda on global maternal-child health:
1.       How can we change parent behavior to improve child health?
2.       Do maternal-child health interventions work?
Currently, she is focused on the use of behavioral economic principles (including financial incentives and intrinsic rewards) to encourage behavior change and take-up of preventive care services in the area of maternal-child health.
As a Health & Society Scholar, Dr. Buttenheim conducted a multi-part investigation of parental vaccine refusal and hesitancy, and she continues that work with a KM1 comparative effectiveness research training grant at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Buttenheim received her BA from Yale University, her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her PhD degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania as a Health & Society Scholar.
She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Alison Buttenheim's available publications in PubMed.