Research Director, Applied Behavioral Insights @ Geisinger

Geisinger Health System seeks an outstanding behavioral scientist to serve as Research Director for its newly-launched Applied Behavioral Insights team. The ABI team was created to apply behavioral science methods to the design, implementation, and evaluation of "nudges" -- lightweight behavioral interventions intended to improve outcomes and experiences for patients, providers, employees, and other stakeholders of Geisinger Health System. Geisinger is an integrated health system serving more than 3 million residents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a learning health care system, Geisinger incorporates research into all aspects of medicine and healthcare delivery, aided by unparalleled access to electronic health records, insurance data, and other information.

The ideal candidate will have experience both in conducting original behavioral science research and in implementing research results within organizations. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree in psychology, economics, decision sciences, marketing, management, or any relevant scholarly discipline is required, as are track records of publishing original empirical research, managing research projects and staff, and applying for research funding.

The Research Director will report to Professors Michelle Meyer and Christopher Chabris, the founding Faculty Directors of the ABI team. S/he will be based in Danville, Pennsylvania at the main campus and headquarters of Geisinger (although location is negotiable for an exceptional candidate), and will participate in the hiring and supervision of postdoctoral research fellows and other personnel for the team.

Specific duties of the Research Director will include:

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To apply: Please send a cover letter, C.V. or resume, and two representative scholarly publications in a single email to Please include names, titles, and contact information for three references. Questions about the position may also be sent to the same address. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Geisinger Health System is a large, integrated health services organization founded in 1915. Through its 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, the Geisinger Health Plan, and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central, and northeastern Pennsylvania, and in southern New Jersey. The system includes approximately 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, while Geisinger Health Plan serves 583,000 members throughout Pennsylvania and works with affiliates in Delaware and Maine. Research at Geisinger benefits from the system's 20+ years of electronic health records, its clinical data warehouse, and its rapidly growing biobank (more than 210,000 patient-participants consented for whole exome genetic sequencing, with over 92,000 exomes sequenced to date). Geisinger's main campus in Danville, PA, is located within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

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