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Marissa King, PhD

Marissa King, PhD

Alice Y. Hung President’s Distinguished Professor at Wharton

Professor of Health Care Management
Professor of Management
Faculty Co-Lead, Wharton Healthcare Analytics Lab


Marissa King, PhD, is the Alice Y. Hung President’s Distinguished Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor King’s research has significantly contributed to our understanding of a wide range of pressing health care issues ranging from the opioid epidemic to clinician burnout. Her current work focuses on increasing access to high quality behavioral health care and improving the well-being of the health care workforce.

An expert on human interaction and social networks, she is committed to translating her academic expertise into practice. She is the author of the book, “Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection.” Her research, writing, and book have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and National Public Radio, among other outlets.

King’s award-winning research has been published in academic outlets including, JAMA, Health Affairs, and leading management journals. She has been the Principal Investigator on multiple projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining the faculty at Wharton, she was a professor at the Yale School of Management. She received her PhD from Columbia University.