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Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH, MSc

Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH, MSc

Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy, Center for Population Health and Community Impact
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DrPH and MPH, Drexel University, MSc, De Universiteit van Amsterdam


Jonathan Purtle is a mental health policy and services researcher who utilizes trans-disciplinary and mixed method approaches to understand how evidence-based policy interventions can be most effectively disseminated, implemented, and sustained to reduce health inequalities.  He is currently the Principle Investigator of a R21 from the National Institute of Mental Health that is exploring strategies to disseminate mental health evidence to state policymakers and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project that is examining activities to reduce health inequities in US cities. 

Jonathan previously served as Research Director of Drexel University's Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice, a collaboration between the Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Medicine, where he oversaw research and evaluation activities for Healing Hurt People - a hospital-based violence intervention program. Prior to serving in this capacity, Jonathan worked as a Program Manager and Health Policy Analyst at the Dornsife School of Public Health where he worked on a range of research projects focusing on racial and ethnic health disparities, health care reform, public health preparedness, and public health services and systems research.

Jonathan received his DrPH in Health Management & Policy from the Dornsife School of Public Health and holds a master's degree in sociology from the De Universiteit van Amsterdam and an MPH from Drexel. His research has been published in journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Public Health Reports, and Social Science & Medicine.

Research Interests

  • Mental health and Behavioral health
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research
  • Violence and Trauma
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Urban Health


Purtle, J. Goldstein, N.D., Edson, E., Hand, A. Who Votes for Public Health? U.S. Senator Characteristics Associated with Voting in Concordance with Public Health Policy Recommendations (1998-2013). SSM-Population Health. 2017 Jan 3:136–140. doi.10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.12.011.

Purtle, J., Peters, R., Kolker, J., Klassen, A. Factors Perceived as Influencing Local Health Department Involvement in Population Mental Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017 Jan;52(1):64-73. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.09.018.

Purtle, J., Brownson, R., Proctor, E. Infusing Science into Politics and Policy: The Importance of Legislators as an Audience in Mental Health Dissemination Research. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-016-0752-3. In press.

Purtle, J., Dodson, E., Brownson, R. Uses of Research Evidence among US State Legislators who Prioritize Behavioral Health Issues. Psychiatric Services. 2016 Jul 1:appips201500443. [Epub ahead of print].

Purtle, J., Lynn, K., Malik, M. “Calculating the Toll of Trauma” in the Headlines: Portrayals of PTSD in The New York Times (1980-2015). American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 2016 May. doi: 10.1037/ort0000187.

Purtle, J. Klassen, A., Kolker, J., Peters, R., Buehler, J. Local Health Departments’ Level of Engagement in Population Mental Health Promotion. Frontiers in Public Health Services & Systems Research. 2016 Feb 5(1):41–47. doi: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0501.07.

Purtle, J., Peters, R., Brownson, R. A Review of Policy Dissemination and Implementation Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health, 2007-2014. Implementation Science. 2016 Jan 4;11(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0367-1.

Purtle, J. “Heroes’ Invisible Wounds of War:” Constructions of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Text of US Federal Legislation. Social Science & Medicine. 2015 Dec 2;149:9-16. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.11.039.

Purtle, J., Rich, J., Fein, J., James, T., Corbin, T. Hospital-based Violence Prevention: Progress and Opportunities. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2015 Nov;163(9):715-8.

Purtle, J., Rich, L., Rich, J., Cooper, J., Harris, E., Corbin, T. The Youth Non-Fatal Violent Injury Review Panel: An Innovative Model to Inform Policy and Systems Change. Public Health Reports. 2015 Nov;130(6):610-5.

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