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

How can we use behavioral science to prevent infectious disease?

Using insights from behavioral economics and related disciplines, Dr. Buttenheim designs and trials interventions to change behaviors that are central to infectious disease prevention. Her work spans Chagas disease prevention campaigns in Peru and HIV testing and treatment efforts in South Africa to vaccine acceptance and COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the US.

“I am motivated by the ongoing challenge of helping people change their behavior to improve health.”


  • PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 2007
  • MBA, Stanford University, 1997
  • BA, Yale University, 1992