Behavioral Health

The allure of fad diets, and why they fail

In a new book, Penn nutritional anthropologist Janet Chrzan and Kima Cargill of the University of Washington, Tacoma, explain the cultural, social, and psychological fixation on fad diets and why they don’t typically succeed.

Michele W. Berger

Do vaccine lotteries work?

Wharton’s Katy Milkman shares the lessons learned from last year’s Philly Vax Sweepstakes, a Penn-funded project designed to evaluate ways of increasing COVID-19 vaccinations in the city.

From Knowledge at Wharton

Researching depression in low-income women

The importance of addressing depression among low-income women in multiple contexts is a theme of recent research by April Ivey, Jacqueline Corcoran, and others at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice.

From the School of Social Policy & Practice

In the News

NBC News

People lost more weight when they were offered cash incentives

Colleen Tewksbury of the School of Nursing says that financial incentives could bolster tracking tools to help keep patients engaged with their weight loss.


U.S. News & World Report

Bribing folks can help them meet weight-loss goals, study finds

Karen Glanz of the Perelman School of Medicine says that financial incentives for weight-loss would only be impactful if people could keep losing weight at the same rates over a longer term.


The Peninsula (Qatar)

Qatar University research finds tea consumption improves cognitive function

A joint study by Jianghong Liu of the School of Nursing and Qatar University finds that higher tea intake is associated with reduced cognitive decline in adults.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Cigarette nicotine levels to make ‘monumental’ shift, and Pa. needs to prepare

In an Op-Ed, postdoc Teresa DeAtley of the Perelman School of Medicine urges Pennsylvania to prepare for the FDA’s new proposal to reduce the maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes.



These are the daily behaviors an expert in sleep medicine does to get the best night’s rest

Richard Schwab of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests some daily behaviors that can contribute to a good night’s sleep, including his own sleep routines.


New Penn medical school program matches service dogs with veterans

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Warrior Canine Connection program will bring therapeutic service dog training to veterans on campus.