Kristen Underhill

Kristen Underhill

Kristen
Underhill

Kristen Underhill is an Associate Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and she is jointly appointed at the Mailman School of Public Health (Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health). Her scholarship focuses on health law, with an interest in how the law influences individual decisions about risk and health behavior. Underhill studies how laws and regulations affect individual choices by arranging incentives, shaping opportunities, influencing underlying preferences, and communicating information about social norms. Her recent and ongoing projects focus on the effectiveness of changes to Medicaid programming; the uses of empirical evidence and experiments in policy decisions; the influence of nondiscrimination law on patient decision-making; the ways in which financial incentives influence intrinsic motivation; the influence of implicit racial bias in altruistic decisions; and dispute resolution for injuries related to biomedical research. 

Education
  • J.D., Yale University, 2011
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2007
  • M.Sc., University of Oxford, 2005
  • A.B., Harvard University, 2004
Areas of Expertise
  • Health law
  • Torts
  • Law and behavior
Publications
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Courses
C. Law and Economics
Health Law
S. Biases and Behavioral Economics in Legal Institutions
S. Private Law, Public Health: Uses and Limits of Tort Law for Advancing Public Health
Torts