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Dr. Alison Buttenheim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the School of Nursing.  Her research addresses persistent problems in global maternal-child health through community-based behavior change interventions.  Using the techniques and frameworks of behavioral economics, Alison is examining how to change parent behaviors to improve child health, with active projects in the areas of vaccine acceptance, community-based vector control, oral rehydration therapy, and oral hygiene.  A recognized evaluation expert, Alison has consulted on several impact evaluation studies in international settings, including village midwife and microfinance programs in Indonesia, school feeding schemes in Laos, and improved sanitation in urban Bangladesh.

Selected Publications 

Buttenheim AM, Asch DA. Making vaccine refusal less of a free ride.  Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics.  In press.

Taylor NK, Buttenheim AM. Improving utilization of and retention in PMTCT services: Can behavioral economics help? BMC Public Health.  In press.

Buttenheim AM, Paz-Soldan V, Barbu CM, Skovira C...Levy MZ.  Is participation contagious? Evidence from a household vector control campaign in Peru.  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.  In press.

Buttenheim AM, Asch DA.  Behavioral economics:  The key to closing the gap on maternal, newborn and child survival for Millennium Development Goals 4 and5?  Maternal and Child Health Journal. 17(4):581-585. 2013.


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