Kevin Volpp

University of Pennsylvania

Behavioral economics has the potential to transform health interventions by leveraging important learnings about decision errors that make people predictably irrational to design more effective approaches to help people get healthier.


Dr. Volpp is the founding Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI CHIBE), one of two NIH-funded Centers on Behavioral Economics and Health in the United States; Co-Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation; and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Wharton School. He is a Scientific Advisory Board member of VALHealth, a leading behavioral economics consulting firm.

Dr. Volpp’s research on the impact of financial and organizational incentives on health behavior and health outcomes work has been recognized by numerous awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an award presented at the White House as the highest honor given by the US government to early career scientists; the Alice S. Hersh Award from AcademyHealth; Time Magazine’s 2009 A-Z “Advances in Health” list for work on Incentives – letter “I”; the British Medical Journal Group Award for translating Research into Practice, and the outstanding paper of the year from the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine and an elected member of several honorary societies including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

Dr. Volpp did his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Brigham and Women’s hospital and has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Managerial Science from the Wharton School. He is a board-certified general internist and practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.


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