Irene is a fifth year PhD student at the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her main interests lie in the intersection between health economics and experimental and behavioral economics. Irene’s current research focuses on investigating the relationship between health, risk and behavior using different tools, and in particular, experimental methods. Her second focus is on the study of the link between health and the environment. She is currently interested in examining the interdependence between individual healthy and unhealthy decisions and in which way they are conditioned by risk and time preferences and individual and family history. Current projects include field experiments to increase flu vaccination, valuation of parental’s willingness to pay for children’s asthma symptom reduction and the impact of chronic illnesses on risk preferences, among others.