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Kevin Volpp

Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management

Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute

Director, Penn CMU Roybal P30 Center in Behavioral Economics and Health

Research Interests: aetna foundation, aramark, cdc, cvs caremark, discovery (south africa), financial incentives, hewlett foundation, mckinsey, nhlbi, nia, niddk, research interests and funding sources: behavioral economics and health, rwj

Links: CV, Personal Website


  • Christian Terwiesch, Shivan Mehta, Kevin Volpp (Under Review), Innovation in Health Care: The UPHS Innovation Tournament.
  • Kevin Volpp, Christian Terwiesch, Andrea Troxel, Shivan Mehta, David Asch (Under Review), Evidence-based Evolutionary Design of Clinical Trials.
  • Jeffrey H. Silber, PS Romano, KMF Itani, AK Rosen, D Small, RS Lipner, CL Bosk, Y Wang, MJ Halenar, S Korovaichuk, O. Even-Shoshan, Kevin Volpp (2014), Assessing the effects of the 2003 resident duty hours reform on internal medicine board scores., Acad Med
  • Kevin Volpp, DS Small, PS Romano, KMF Itani, AK Rosen, O Even-Shoshan, Y. Wang, L Bellini, MJ Halenar, S Korovaichuk, J Zhu, Jeffrey H. Silber (2013), Teaching hospital five-year mortality trends in the wake of duty hour reforms. , J Gen Intern Med, 28:1048-1055.
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, G Lowenstein (2012), Assessing value in health care programs. , JAMA, 307(20): 2153-4.
  • David A. Asch, Ralph W. Muller, Kevin Volpp (2012), Automated Hovering: Watching Over the Other 5,000 Hours., New England Journal of Medicine, 367(1): 1-3.
  • G Lowenstein, David A. Asch, JY Friedman, LA Melichar, Kevin Volpp (2012), Can Behavioural Economics Make us Healthier?, British Medical Journal, 344: e3482.
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, G Lowenstein (2012), Choosing Wisely: low value services, utilization, and patient cost sharing, JAMA, 16: 1635-1636.
  • G Lowenstein, Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch (2012), Incentives in Health: Different Prescriptions for Physicians and Patients., JAMA, 307(13): 1375-1376.
  • JA Long, EC Jahnle, DM Richardson, G Lowenstein, Kevin Volpp (2012), Peer Mentoring and Financial Incentive to Improve Glucose Control in African American Veterans: A Randomized, Controlled Trial., Annals of Internal Medicine , 156(6): 416-424.
  • SE Kimmel, AB Troxel, G Lowenstein, C Bresinger, J Jaskowiak, J Doshi, M Laskin, Kevin Volpp (2012), Randomized Trial of Lottery-Based Incentives to Improve Warfarin Adherence., American Heart Journal, 164(2): 268-74.
  • Emily Haisley, Kevin Volpp, T Pellathy, G Lowenstein (2012), The Impact of alternative incentive schemes on completion of health risk assessments. , American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(3): 184-188.
  • David A. Asch, Kevin Volpp (2012), What business are we in? The emergence of health as the business of health care., New England Journal of Medicine, 367 (10): 888-9.
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, G. Loewenstein (2012), Evaluating Health Care Programs: Asking the Wrong Question, JAMA, In press.
  • G. Loewenstein, Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch (2012), Incentives in Health: Different Prescriptions for Physicians and Patients, JAMA, In press.
  • JA Long, EC Jahnle, DM Richardson, G. Loewenstein, Kevin Volpp (2012), Peer Mentoring and Financial Incentive to Improve Glucose Control in African American Veterans: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Annals of Internal Medicine , In press.
  • LK John, G Loewenstein, AB Troxel, L Norton, JE Fassbender, Kevin Volpp (2011), Financial Incentives for Extended Weight Loss: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Note: Epub ahead of print.  Abstract
  • PA Keller, B. Harlam, G. Loewenstein, Kevin Volpp (2011), Enhanced Active Choice: A New Method to Motivate Behavior Change, Journal of Consumer Psychology
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, R Galvin, G. Loewenstein (2011), Redesigning Employee Health Incentives - Lessons from Behavioral Economics , New England Journal of Medicine, 365, 388 - 390.
  • KM Madison, Kevin Volpp, SD Halpern (2011), The Law, Policy, and Ethics of Employers' Use of Financial Incentives to Improve Health, Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, 39 (3): 450-468.
  • Kevin Volpp, AB Troxel, Mark V. Pauly, Henry Glick, Andrea Puig, David A. Asch, R Galvin, J Zhu, F Wan, J DeGuzman, E Corbett, J Weiner, J Audrain-McGovern (2009), A Randomized Controlled Trial of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation, The New England Journal of Medicine, 360:699-709.  Abstract
  • Kevin Volpp, Mark V. Pauly, G Loewenstein, D Bangsberg (2009), P4P4P: An Agenda for Research on Pay for Performance for Patients, Health Affairs, 28(1): 206-14.  Abstract
  • Kevin Volpp, A Das (2009), Comparative Effectiveness - Thinking beyond Medication A Versus Medication B, The New England Journal of Medicine, 361(4): 331-333.
  • Kevin Volpp, L John, AB Troxel, L Norton, J Fassbender, G Lowenstein (2008), Financial Incentive-based Approaches for Weight Loss: A Randomized Trial, JAMA, 300(22): 2631-2637.  Abstract
  • Kevin Volpp, G Lowenstein, AB Troxel, J Doshi, M Price, M Laskin, SE Kimmel (2008), A Test of Financial Incentives to Improve Warfarin Adherence, BMC Health Services Research, 8: 272.
  • G Loewenstein, TA Brennan, Kevin Volpp (2007), Asymmetric Paternalism to Improve Health Behaviors, JAMA, 298(20): 2415-2417.
  • Kevin Volpp, A. Gurmankin, A Gomez, David A. Asch, JA Berlin, JJ Murphy, J Zhu, C Lerman (2006), A Randomized Controlled Trial of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 15(1): 12-18.