Atheendar Venkataramani


  • PSC/PARC Researchers Atheendar VenkataramaniCourtney Boen, and John MacDonald are investigators in a new NIH funded project, which includes an unprecedented $10 million over the course of 5 years, to study the impact of environmental and economic interventions on reducing health disparities in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods. At the community level, the study includes tree planting, vacant lot greening, trash cleanup, and rehabilitation of dilapidated, abandoned houses. For households, the study will help connect participants to local, state, and federal social and economic benefits, including food, unemployment, and prescription drug assistance, provide financial counseling and tax preparation services, and offer emergency cash assistance.
    Read more about this project in Penn Medicine News.

  • PSC and PARC Research Associates, Courtney Boen and Atheendar Venkataramani, were recently awarded funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice program. The project, entitled “Impact of State Incarceration Policies on Racial Health Equity,” will investigate the links between state incarceration policy and racial health disparities across the life course.

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.


  • SEICHE Center, Yale University: Atheendar Venkataramani on Policing use of deadly force and racial disparities in sleep health.
  • Penn LDI: Atheendar Venkatramani on Voting, Structural Racism, and Health Inequities
  • Liberation in a Generation - Distancing Racism: Atheendar Venkatramani Pre-Existing Conditions