CHIBE researchers apply concepts from the field of behavioral economics to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that improve health and build knowledge about efficacy, cost and effectiveness.
The Basic Science Core aims to support laboratory or low-cost field studies that will shed light on mechanisms that can generate behavior change. In contrast to previous large-scale field studies, which have often combined multiple mechanisms into one intervention in order to maximize impact on behavior, basic science projects supported by the Core focus on disentangling and precisely identifying the impacts of individual mechanisms. CHIBE researchers interested in applying for project support can click here for more information.
Principal Investigators: Asch / Volpp
Co-investigators: Bellamy, Halpern, Glanz, Goldberg, Groeneveld, Karlawish, Kimmel, Kuna, Loewenstein, Rozin, Shea, Troxel, Zauberman
David A. Asch, MD, MBA and Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD are developing IT infrastructure that will deploy clinical and behavioral research studies to advance the science at the intersection of behavioral economics and health. The project is called Way to Health. For more information see: waytohealth.org
Funded by: National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Aging
Directors: Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
A five-year, $4,350,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Pennsylvania. The PRC, one of 26 in the nation, will conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This will be the first PRC in Philadelphia.
Among other initiatives, the PRC will conduct a workplace weight loss study to evaluate environmental change strategies and incentives for decreasing obesity and preventing cardiovascular disease in employees of the City of Philadelphia, Independence Blue Cross, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Principal Investigators: Karen Glanz, Jason Karlawish
Evidence from behavioral economics suggests that people have short time horizons and difficulty trading off immediate for delayed health benefits. Little is known, however, about whether financial incentives can be effective in encouraging higher levels of physical activity among older adults, particularly when they are in the form of social goals. The goal of this pilot randomized controlled trial is to test whether a financial incentive of a donation to achieve a social goal is more effective to motivate and sustain a daily walking habit than the same dollar value given to an older adult. This study will recruit adults 65 and older to use Way to Health with a digital pedometer-internet interface.
Funder: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Donaghue Foundation