Behavioral Health

Vaccine lotteries and beyond: What motivates healthy behaviors

As COVID-19 vaccines have become available to the general public and vaccination rates began to slow, there has been a boom in incentives for receiving the vaccine across the United States. CHIBE’s Kevin Volpp investigates the trend.

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A more effective at-home treatment for IBS

In a randomized control trial, researchers found that after eight weeks, participants with irritable bowel syndrome who used an app focused on cognitive behavioral therapy experienced better health-related quality of life, fewer GI symptoms, and less anxiety.

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In the News


5 myths about depression everyone should know

Cory Newman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that irritability, anxiety, and trouble concentrating are signs of depression.


The Wall Street Journal

Why ‘I’ll just suck it up’ doesn’t work

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences shares the benefit of having a sustained commitment to a goal and endurance in your effort.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly ‘eliminated’ veteran homelessness in 2015. Why are there still vets on the street?

David Oslin of the Perelman School of Medicine explains why mental health perils for veterans are higher due to their service.



Cash for shots? Studies suggest payouts improve vaccination rates

Dena Gromet of the Wharton School said vaccine incentives like lotteries may be effective, “but we are likely going to have to rely on a multiprong approach to be able to really make a dent in vaccination going forward.”



A simple text has the power to increase COVID vaccinations

David Asch of the Wharton School weighed in on a study that found text message reminders boosted vaccination rates in California. “I’m still sometimes amazed at how subtle changes and wording can make a difference,” he said.


The Wall Street Journal

How to motivate your teen to be a safer driver

M. Kit Delgado of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about ways to motivate teen drivers to avoid phone-related distractions, suggesting people enable an automatic “do not disturb while driving” mode, set up any navigation or music apps before taking off, and install an eye-level phone mount.