Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA

Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA

Evaluation Core Co-Lead

Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, is Co-Lead on the UPenn PRC Evaluation Core. Dr. Buttenheim’s interdisciplinary research agenda on global maternal-child health is focused on understanding how health behavior decisions are made within households, and how socioeconomic and cultural contexts both condition and constrain those decisions. Dr. Buttenheim also practices and promotes rigorous impact evaluation and implementation research to inform investments in maternal-child health programs. Her current program of research focuses on the use of behavioral economic principles to encourage behavior change and take-up of evidence-based preventive care services in the area of maternal-child health. She has active NIH-funded projects on vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal in the US, and on increasing participation in community health programs in Peru.

A recognized evaluation expert, Dr. Buttenheim published or consulted on several impact evaluation studies in international settings. These studies have looked at the impact of village midwife and microfinance programs in Indonesia, school feeding schemes in Laos, household sanitation in Bangladesh, and national family planning strategies in Niger and Jordan. She also consults on the implementation of evidence-based practices in global public health, recently completing an implementation evaluation for the Centers for Disease Control Global Tobacco Control Branch on global tobacco surveillance strategies.

Dr. Buttenheim received a PhD in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research and with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Societies Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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