Theodore Caputi named 4th Mitchell Scholar from Penn
Caputi will graduate in May 2017 with a BA in Mathematics from the College and a BS in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Statistics from the Wharton School. As a Mitchell Scholar, he will pursue an MPH in Health Promotion at University College Cork. In 2014, Caputi founded Penn Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the largest student-run volunteer service group in Philadelphia. PLTI is comprised of over 100 volunteers at four Philadelphia colleges and provides leadership education courses to 13 Philadelphia middle and high schools. Caputi – a Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Wharton Scholar – has conducted research on the ramifications of the legalization of marijuana, authored policy briefs regarding the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addition Equity Acts, and has had several first or sole author publications in peer-reviewed journals. In 2015, he was named the youngest ever Policy Fellow at the University of Florida Drug Policy Institute. He is the founding President of Penn Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors (PennDAPA), and has served on local, state, and federal boards addressing substance use, including the Drug Free America Foundation National Advisory Board, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Board of Directors, and the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Board of Directors, where he has served as vice chair and treasurer.