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Team

Leadership

David A Asch, MD, MBA is joint Principal Investigator (PI) of Way to Health with Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD. He is the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics at the Wharton School and the Perelman School of Medicine as well as the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI). He treats patients as a Staff Physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center where he is also Chief of Health Services Research and Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). (University web page link)

Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD is joint Principal Investigator (PI) of Way to Health with David Asch, MD, MBA and will serve as Principal Investigator for both the weight loss and the biometrics pilot studies for Way to Health. Dr. Volpp is the Director Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute (CHIBE), Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School. He is also Principal Investigator for the PENN-CMU Roybal Center on Behavioral Economics and Health. Dr. Volpp sees patients as Staff Physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center where he is also an Investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). (University web page link)

Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, M.Bioethics is Associate Program Director of Way to Health and Deputy Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute (CHIBE). Dr. Halpern is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Fellow at the Center for Bioethics at University of Pennsylvania. (University web page link)

Andrea B. Troxel, ScD is the lead statistician for Way to Health. She is Director of Biostatistical Analyses for the LDI Center for Health Incentives and an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. (University web page link)

Peter Groeneveld, MD, MS is the Way to Health Director of Research Informatics. He is Director of the LDI Data Analysis Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. He is also Staff Physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and an Investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). (University web page link)

Paul Ratnaraj is the Technical Director of Way to Health and is the Director of New Ventures for Wharton Computing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Project Principal Investigators

Iwan Barankay, PhD is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School. His Way to Health project, with Kevin Volpp and Peter Reese, will examine methods for improving medication adherence habits. (University web page link)   

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her Way to Health project will look at behavioral economic approaches to increasing exercise. (University web page link)

Lee Goldberg, MD is Associate Professor at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and Medical Director of the UPENN Heart Failure/Transplant Ambulatory Care Center. His Way to Health pilot project looks at home-based monitoring for congestive heart failure.(University web page link)

Jason H. T. Karlawish, MD
 is Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Education and Information Transfer Core at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His Way to Health pilot project examines ways to promote exercise among older adults.(University web page link)

Judd B. Kessler, PhD
is Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy at Wharton School. His Way to Health project seeks to promote medication adherence and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (University web page link).

Jeff Kullgren, MD, MPH is a University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.  He is co-principal investigator for both the weight loss and the exercise pilot studies for Way to Health. (University web page link)

Sam Kuna, MD is Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Section at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and Associate Professor at UPENN SOM. His way to Health pilot project will explore CPAP use among patients with sleep apnea. (University web page link)

Judith Long, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine at Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her Way to Health project is assessing behavioral economic approaches to improving diabetes outcomes. (University web page link)

Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA is an internal medicine physician and is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. His way to health project evaluates methods to use health benefits design to encourage employee weight loss. (University web page link)

Peter Reese, MD, MSCE is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a Senior Scholar at CCEB and Senior Fellow at LDI. His research focuses on ways to expand access to solid organ transplantation and prevent complications of transplant. One of Way to Health projects targets medication adherence among incident kidney transplant recipients and the other is evaluating strategies to change medication adherence habits. (University web page link).

Kathryn Saulsgiver, PhD is a Trainee at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. She was the principle investigator on a a Way to Health project that explored methods to improve peoples' eating habits. She is know working as a project manager on the CMMI study(University web page link).

Gal Zauberman, PhD is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Wharton and a member of the Psychology Graduate Faculty Group in the Department of Psychology at UPENN. His Way to Health pilot project will look at various types of decision making in the context of health. (University web page link)

Staff 

Caroline Carney is a Research Coordinator for a medication adherence study (University web page link).

Darra Finnerty is a Research Coordinator for the Way to Heart Health study (University web page link).

Kelsey Gangemi is a Research Coordinator for the Way to Heart Health and Take Charge of Your Diabetes studies (University web page link).

Dana Gatto is a Project Manager for the Way to Healthy Cholesterol study. (University web page link).

Kristin Harkins is a Research Coordinator for the Way to Walk study (University web page link).

Megan Healy is a Research Coordinator for the Way to Walk study.

Amanda Hodlofski, MPH is the Project Manager for the UPHS Weight Loss Study and Take Charge of Your Diabetes Study. (University web page link).

Karen Hoffer is a Project Manager for Way to Heart Health. (University web page link).

Chantell Ketchem is a Research Coordinator for the CMMI project (University web page link).

Michael Kopinsky is a Software Developer working on the Way to Health web platform (University web page link).

Brittany Lawson is a Project Manager for the Diabetes study (University web page link).

Adam Mussell is Clinical Research Coordinator for Way to Transplant Health. (University we page link).

Laurie Norton is a Project Director for the Heartstrong study. (University web page link)

Tori Ulrich is a Research Coordinator for the UPHS Weight Loss and Weight Watchers studies (University web page link).

Lisa Wesby, MS is the Way to Health Project Manager. She coordinates and supervises all aspects of the Way to Health platform and acts as liaison working closely with researchers utilizing the platform in their research. (University web page link) 

 

Partners

Christine Weeks is the Creative Director for Way to Health. 

P’unk Avenue is a web design and development firm based in Philadelphia that focuses on designing web interfaces and creating web applications. (P’unk Avenue web site)

Wharton Computing provides technical support and peer review related to technology for Way to Health.

Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services hosts the Way to Health infrastructure and provides application development, networking, and data security technical support.