Atheendar Venkataramani


  • A new study published in PLOS Medicine by Atheendar Venkataramani, PSC & PARC Associate, focuses on how affirmative action bans reduce the chances of underrepresented students’ admission to college and may increase their likelihood of smoking or drinking to excess. “What this study shows us is that reducing their chances to attend a top college and potentially undermining their expectations of upward mobility, more generally, may also increase their risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors,” says lead author Atheendar Venkataramani. Read more about this article in Penn Medicine News and Penn Today.

  • PSC Associates, Kevin G. Volpp and Atheendar Venkataramani, are being honoured at the 2019 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting. Volpp is receiving The John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research and Venkataramani, the Best Published Research Paper of the Year. Read more on LDI's website.

  • PSC researcher, Atheendar Venkataramani, has just been announced as a speaker at next year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Assistant Professor of Medicine

M.D., Medicine, University of Washington, 2011
Ph.D., Health Policy (Economics), Yale University, 2009

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

  • 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 [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.


  • Webinar: Atheendar Venkataramani on Health and Economic Opportunity