Research Program/Bio


I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. I am also affiliated with the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Institute (SALDRU) at University of Cape Town and the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MISOC) at the University of Essex. 

My research focuses on the life-course origins of health and socioeconomic inequality. I study:

-The effects of early life interventions on adult health and well-being, and the mechanisms underlying these links.
-The relationship between economic opportunities and health behaviors and outcomes [2016 webinar outlining work in this area].
-The short- and long-run returns of public health and social sector programs.
-Behavioral responses to, and demand for, HIV prevention and treatment programs.

I am currently working on projects in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda. E-mail me (atheenv [at] pennmedicine [dot] upenn [dot] edu) if you are interested in collaborating!