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Penn-CMU Roybal Center Retreat
September 11 & 12, 2014, Congress Hall, Cape May, N.J.

Congress Hall
The 7th annual retreat of the Penn-CMU Roybal P30 Center on Behavioral Economics and Health took place in Cape May, New Jersey's historic Congress Hall on September 11 and 12, 2014. The country's largest health-related center of behavioral economics research, the Roybal brings together academic experts from Penn's LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR) in Pittsburgh. . . .Click Images Below to Enlarge
The current version of Congress Hall dates to 1879 and is the jewel in the crown of the collection of Victorian architecture for which Cape May is famous.
Its Tiffany-colored main ballroom was the center of the Roybal event that featured presentations on behavioral economics studies on a wide range of topics.
Joelle Friedman, MPA, Associate Director of CHIBE, was the grand marshall of retreat events who kept activities on pace with cheerful admonitions and a relentless digital timer.
David Hagmann, a Carnegie Mellon PhD student in Behavioral Decision Research, presented on a new study about the use of "nudge" techniques to encourage healthier lifestyles.
Deputy Director of LDI CHIBE and Director of the FIELDS Center for End-of-Life Decision Science Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, detailed the latter's new grant for a study of defaults in patient palliative care consultations.
Discussing the results of last year's retreat innovation tournament is David Asch, MD, MBA, Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Innovation and a Professor of both Medicine and Medical Ethics at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine and Health Care Management at The Wharton School.
Harald Schmidt (left) and Kevin Volpp chat about Schmidt's presentation on the ethics of automated hovering. Schmidt, MA, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Volpp, MD, PhD, is Director of LDI CHIBE.
Networking was major part of the event; here Penn Medicine Chief Innovation Office Roy Rosin, MBA, (with Mac computer) chats with Michael Olorunnisola, Clinical Research Coordinator in Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics.
Carnegie Mellon Social and Decision Sciences PhD student Eric VanEpps talks about his studies in the effectiveness of fast food calorie labeling.
Chatting left to right are Alicia Gilbert, MSW, CHIBE staffer; Chantell Ketchem, CHIBE Clinical Research Coordinator; and Genevieve Cattanea, MSW, LSW, CHIBE staffer. In the background doorway is Julie Downs, PhD, CMU Associate Research Professor.

The Innovation Tournament

As he did last year with the Roybal Center's first innovation tournament, Penn Medicine Center for Health Innovation Operations Director Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, served as ringmaster of this 2014 tournament. The quest was to find innovative ways to improve hypertension screening in employee populations.
Attendees were split up into 14 groups with each getting a blank easel pad page taped to the wall. They lined all four ballroom walls and had 20 minutes to come up with potential hypertension screening inducement ideas.
Hashing out their idea are team 11 members (top, l to r), David Hagmann of CMU; Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, of Penn; Jingsan Zhu, MS, MBA, Assistant Director of Data Operations at CHIBE; Christina Jameson, Penn Medicine Research Assistant; and (seated) Mark Kamlet, PhD, Economics Professor and former Provost and Vice President of Carnegie Mellon University.
Focused on a pro social incentive concept is team 7: (l to r) Tori Ulrich, BS, RD, CHIBE Clinical Research Coordinator; Alex Imas, Carnegie Mellon Social and Decision Sciences Fellow; Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH, Penn Professor of Medicine; and Erin Bronchetti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics at Swarthmore and Visiting Penn Wharton School Scholar.
Emily Kane, Research Assistant, FIELDS Center works with her team to ready their poster and presentation as the time runs out for initial concept development.
All 14 teams were then required to give a 90-second pitch on their concept. Here, Michael Olorunnisola, Clinical Research Coordinator in Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics explains team number one's.
The similar ideas among the 14 teams were then combined to create 6 larger teams that refined their concepts for the final judging. Here, Shivan Mehta and CHIBE Associate Director Joelle Friedman, MPA tally the dot-based votes.
With a proposal for a "carnival" booth that offered cash prizes to employees who could cite their exact blood pressure, the winning team was Christina Jameson, Penn; Devon Taylor, Penn; David Asch, Penn; Scott Halpern, Penn; Laurie Norton, Penn; Bradford Tuckfield, Penn; Harald Schmidt, Penn; Lisa Wesby, Penn; Michael Olorunnisola, Penn; and Anjali Gopalan, Penn.
Roybal group
Group shot in front of Congress Hall: 2014 Penn-CMU Roybal retreat attendees. Click to DOWNLOAD a high-resolution copy of this image.


Recreational Sessions

Reception, Beach Yoga
Scavenger Hunt

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Mark Kamlet


Health Economics Insights From Former CMU Provost

Heather Schofield


Chronic Sleep Deprivation Among the Poor

Nalaka Gooneratne


Connected Health Solutions for Insomnia

Harald Schmidt


Toward an Ethical Framework for Automated Hovering

Hengchen Dai


The 'Fresh Start' Effect and Aspirational Behavior

Alex Rees-Jones


Non-Truthful Preference Reporting in The Residency Match

Jason Riis


Effect of Reward Quantification on Goal Setting and Persistence

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