Kim Waddell, PhD

Advanced Fellow

Kim Waddell is an advanced postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit and the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Philadelphia Medical Center.

Previously, Kim studied the translation of in-clinic improvements to daily life for adults post-stroke and how psychosocial factors influence real-world performance. Her research included the use of wrist-worn wearable devices to quantify upper limb activity for adults with stroke. Moving forward, Kim plans to explore how to leverage the principles of behavioral economics to improve physical activity and health outcomes for adults with chronic, long-term disability.   

Kim received her PhD in movement science from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.