This seminar focuses on Professor Scholfield's pioneering research with colleagues about reducing poverty through improved sleep. She will discuss the impact of their study in Chennai which significantly increased a valuable but under-appreciated resource for the urban poor--night-time sleep--by distributing sleep mats and earplugs.
Dr. Heather Schofield is an Assistant Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School. 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.