Alison M. Buttenheim


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

  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC Research Associate) and Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was featured in a New York Times piece about gendered motivations for getting vaccinated. Women lost the majority of the earliest jobs in food services, retail businesses, health care and government jobs and have been the main caretakers of their immediate families and sick relatives during the pandemic. Getting the vaccine for women means they are able to take care of their families and get back into the workforce.

  • Alison Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in The New York Times about the rollout of the largest vaccination campaign in human history and states efforts to address vaccine hesitancy.

Associate Professor of Nursing
Associate Professor of Health Policy

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