Behavioral Health

Does more money correlate with greater happiness?

Reconciling previously contradictory results, researchers from Penn and Princeton find a steady association between larger incomes and greater happiness for most people but a rise and plateau for an unhappy minority.

Michele W. Berger

Why COVID misinformation continues to spread

Penn Medicine’s Anish Agarwal discusses why false claims about the virus and vaccines arise and persist, plus what he hopes will come from NIH-funded research he and Penn Engineering’s Sharath Chandra Guntuku have recently begun.

Michele W. Berger

Gay men and trauma

At Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health, gay men struggling with trauma and its effects have access to care that is inclusive and accepting of all patients.

From Penn Medicine News

Abandoned house repairs reduced nearby gun violence

Installing working windows and doors, cleaning trash, and weeding at abandoned houses led to safety improvements and should be considered in efforts to create healthy communities, according to researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Columbia.

Kelsey Geesler

In the News

The Wall Street Journal

Combat the sleep problems that hit in middle age

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the amount of deep sleep people get at night starts to decline during their 20s.


USA Today

Who says money can’t buy happiness? Here’s how much it costs (really) in different cities

Matthew Killingsworth of the Wharton School says that many people, including scientists, are curious about money’s relationship to happiness.


The Washington Post

Fruit and vegetable ‘prescriptions’ may lead to better heart health

Kevin Volpp of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School says that randomized trials would be the most systematic way to assess the effectiveness of produce prescription programs.


The New York Times

Can’t sleep? Try this proven alternative to medication

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that as many as 80% of the people who try cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia see improvements in their sleep, with most patients finding relief within four to eight sessions even if they’ve had insomnia for decades.



Digital nomads are traveling by day and working by night

Ilene Rosen of the Perelman School of Medicine explains why consistently pulling all-nighters isn’t a good idea for optimal health or work performance.


Business Insider

Five things experts do before bed to get the best sleep possible

Mathias Basner of the Perelman School of Medicine says that amount and quality are the two key components of good sleep.