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

Alison M. Buttenheim wants to understand how people make decisions about their health and focuses her research on the use of behavioral economics to increase the uptake of evidence-based care. Her work ranges from how households in Peru decide whether to apply insecticide to eliminate a disease-carrying insect vector to why parents in the United States request exemptions from child immunization laws.

“I am excited by the challenge of applying behavioral insights to prevent disease and improve health.”


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