Our mission is to apply behavioral economics and data science to develop and test innovative interventions for reducing the public health burden of injury and improve the outcomes of injuries once they occur. 

research areas


We partner with auto insurers to study strategies to reduce distracted driving and developed our own monitoring app to learn more about driver behavior. 


Health System

Decision Making

We use medical record data to yield important insights and improve patient health outcomes and change physician behavior.


We use patient-centered data collection through automated texting to improve pain management needs.


Epidemiology and Disparities in Healthcare

We use large administrative datasets to assess epidemiology of injuries and document disparities in care.


Gun Violence

BeSAFIR and collaborators use data from Emergency Departments to understand the epidemiological trends in gun violence. 


COVID-19 Monitoring Program Evaluation

We work with clinicians and innovation researchers to analyze COVID-19 health system processes and test strategies to improve patient outcomes.

recent news

Penn Today

Published May 19, 2021

Smartphone Breath Alcohol Testing Devices Vary Widely in Accuracy

BeSAFIR research team found that some smartphone-paired breathalyzers failed to detect levels above the legal limit more than half of the time.

IFL Science!

Published May 12, 2021

Smartphone-Linked Breathalyzers May Not Detect Alcohol Levels Over The Legal Limit

BeSAFIR team tested the validity of six commercial smartphone-paired breathalyzers.

U.S. News

Published March 26, 2021

Most Post-Surgical Opioids Go Unused: Study

A new study found more than 60% of opioid painkillers prescribed to surgical patients after their procedures went unused.

NEJM Catalyst

Published March, 2021

"An Automated Text Messaging Program to Inform Postoperative Opioid Prescribing" was just published in NEJM Catalyst.

New Article in JAMA Open

Published March 25, 2021

Patient-Reported Opioid Consumption and Pain Intensity After Common Orthopedic and Urologic Surgical Procedures With Use of an Automated Text Messaging System.

U.S. News

Published December 10, 2020

329 Americans Are Injured by Guns Every Day: Study

New research sheds more light on how many of those who are injured survive and the circumstances of their shootings.