Penn Personnel

University of Pennsylvania Personnel.

Jere R. Behrman

Jere R. Behrman (Ph.D. in Economics, MIT, 1966) is the WR Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology and Research Associate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is PI on the University of Pennsylvania component of the GCC project consortium. His research is in empirical micro economics, economic development, early childhood development, labor economics, human resources (education, training, health, nutrition), economic demography, household behaviors, life-cycle and intergenerational relations and policy evaluation. He has published over 350 professional articles (primarily in leading general and field economic journals, also in leading demographic, sociology, nutritional and biomedical journals) and 33 books. He has been a research consultant with a number of international organizations, involved in professional research or lecturing in over 40 countries, a principal investigator on over 75 research projects and received a number of honors for his research, including being selected a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a 40th Anniversary Fulbright Fellow, the 2008 biennial Carlos Diaz-Alejandro Prize for outstanding research contributions to Latin America, a 2011 Doctor Honoris Causa from the University de Chile, and a member of the U.S. National Institutes of Child Health and Development (NICHD) Advisory Council.

Ian M. Bennett

Dr. Bennett is a family physician providing full spectrum primary care including obstetric, pediatric and general adult health care. He also conducts health services research in the implementation of evidence based care models for perinatal depression in the US and in low and middle income countries. He is the primary investigator or co-investigator of multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, as well as foundations (WK Kellog Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) investigating perinatal depression care in low income race/ethnic minority populations in diverse geographic settings. He has particular expertise in the delivery of health services within safety net primary care sites and is the PI of a three year prospective study of the implementation of team based care for perinatal depression in four FQHCs in southcentral and southeast Pennsylvania. He is currently a fellow in the Implementation Research Institute funded by the NIMH at Washington University with a project focus on implementing collaborative care models for perinatal depression in FQHCs. He is collaborating with the School of Public Health at the Universidad Peruano Cayetano Heredia in Lima Peru to implement an electronic medical record and mHealth system (Kuysi-Red) to support perinatal depression care in public health centers of Callao, Peru.

Angela Lee Duckworth

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict achievement. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Emily Hannum

Emily Hannum (consultant, Penn grant) earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1998. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Education and Graduate Chair in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also affiliated with the Population Studies Center and the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. Her research interests include education, global development, gender and ethnic stratification, poverty, and child welfare. She is a principal investigator on the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a collaborative, longitudinal study of children in rural northwest China that seeks to illuminate sources of upward mobility among children living in some of China's poorest communities, and is a member of a new international research project on social and economic welfare in China's western minority regions. She serves on the international advisory board for the China General Social Survey. Recent papers include “Poverty and Proximate Barriers to Learning: Vision Deficiencies, Vision Correction and Educational Outcomes in Rural Northwest China” (with Yuping Zhang, 2012, World Development) and “Why are Returns to Education Higher for Women than for Men in Urban China?” (with Yuping Zhang and Meiyan Wang, forthcoming, China Quarterly).

Jessica Y. Ho

Jessica Y. Ho is a Ph.D. candidate in Demography and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Beginning in the summer of 2013, she will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Duke University Population Research Institute and the Department of Sociology. She is a team member on the University of Pennsylvania component of the GCC project consortium. Her research interests include health over the life course in developing countries, life expectancy differentials among developed countries, and health disparities within the United States. Her research has been published in venues including Demography, Population and Development Review, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, and Health Affairs. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient and has consulted for the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Understanding International Health Differences in High-Income Countries.

Hans-Peter Kohler

Hans-Peter Kohler (Ph.D, University of California at Berkeley,1997) is an economic demographer whose current research focuses on health and health-related behaviors in developing and developed countries. A key characteristic of his research is the attempt to integrate demographic, economic, sociological and biological approaches in empirical and theoretical models of demographic behavior. In his prior work, Kohler has been investigating the role of social and sexual networks for HIV risk perceptions and HIV infection risks, the causal effects of education on health, the consequences of learning one’s HIV status on risky behaviors using randomized experiments that offer incentives for testing, the interrelations between marriage and sexual relations in developing countries, the role of social interaction processes for fertility and AIDS-related behaviors, and the determinants and consequences of low fertility in developed countries. Kohler combines extensive knowledge about the determinants of fertility-, AIDS-, and health-related behaviors in developing and developed countries, considerable experience in sophisticated econometric analyses, including analyses with controls for endowment and unobserved determinants of individuals' behaviors, extensive experience in the design and implementation of large-scale data collection in Malawi. Kohler has been awarded the Clifford C. Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement by the Population Association of America for his interdisciplinary work on fertility and health. He has also been a recent fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Science, served as the president of the Society of Biodemography and Social Biology, and was engaged as lead-paper author in the Copenhagen Consensus Project to evaluate policies to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV and reduce population growth. He is also the PI of the NIH grant “Consequences of High Morbidity and Mortality in a Low-Income Country” (R01HD053781) that supports the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH).

Xiaoying Liu

Xiaoying Liu (Ph.D. in Economics, University College London, 2012) is a postdoc researcher at the Population Studies Center and Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research interest is in empirical micro economics,  development economics,  early childhood development, environmental economics and environment and health, consumption and saving, and Chinese economy.

Esteban Enrique Puentes Encina

Esteban Puentes (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Chicago, 2007). He is a Researcher in the Centro de Microdatos and Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Universidad de Chile. He is an investigator on the University of Pennsylvania component of the GCC project consortium. His research has focused on labour markets, program evaluation and inequality. His work has been published in Cepal Review, Applied Economics, LABOUR and the Journal of International Development. He has been a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, The World Bank, The United Nations Development Program and the Budget Office in Chile. Esteban obtained B.A. and M.A degrees from Universidad de Chile.

Whitney Schott

Fan Wang