Alison M. Buttenheim


  • Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was interviewed for WHYY's Radio Times podcast about vaccine hesitancy and moving forward in the pandemic when at least half the country is not vaccinated.

  • Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in MarketWatch about the utilization of behavorial science in vaccine lotteries. Recently, Philadelphia announced Philly Vax Sweepstakes, which will give three dozen residents cash prizes of up to $50,000, with three drawings this summer.

    The catch? You have to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to win. This type of lottery plays on our natural aversion to regret: you might think, I would’ve won, if I had just gotten vaccinated.

  • Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The Washington Post about the behavioral science behind financial incentives for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Term Endowed Professorship in Global Women’s Health
Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy
Director of Engagement, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Scientific Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Associate Director, National Clinician Scholars Program

Ph.D., Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007


  • 2019 MacArthur 100 and Change Competition: Alison M. Buttenheim and Harsha Thirumurthy on Behavioral Solutions to End the World's Largest HIV Epidemic
  • Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics: Alison M. Buttenheim on Using Behavioral Insights to Maximize Vaccine Coverage
  • Penn Nursing Science: Alison M. Buttenheim on How Intentionally Unvaccinated Students Put Others at Risk