Heather Schofield


  • Research from Heather Schofield (PSC/PARC Research Associate) finds that after more than three weeks of daily 30-minute naps, employees at a data-entry job were 2.3% more productive and invested more of their money into savings accounts. Read more at MIT Sloan News

  • PSC & PARC associate Heather Schofield led a group of Wharton students on a four-day trip to Ethiopia during spring break for a close-up look at the African nation’s health, agricultural, business, and political sectors. Students said the Global Modular Course experience gave them perspectives they never could have found in a book. Read more in Penn Today.

  • Penn News features the Quartet Pilot Program winners and the program is discussed by Irma Elo and Kevin Volpp: Six Research Projects at Penn Bolstered Through Quartet Pilot Competition Funding.

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

Ph.D., Business Economics, Harvard University, 2014

Heather Schofield, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Dr. Schofield is an economist studying development, health, and behavioral economics. Two primary ongoing areas of research include the role of health human capital (nutrition, pain management, adequate sleep) in economic productivity, cognitive function, and decision-making and the role of financial and social incentives in promoting healthy behaviors. Dr. Schofield completed her Ph.D. in Business Economics, MS in Global Health and Population, and BA in Economics at Harvard University.


  • PSC Fall 2017 Colloquium Series: Heather Schofield on Poverty, Productivity, and Cognitive Function
  • BX2016 Development Breakout: Heather Schofield on the Cognitive Lives of the Poor
  • Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics: Heather Schofield on Using Luminosity.com to Promote Mental Acuity