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Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH, MSc

Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH, MSc

Associate Professor
Health Management and Policy
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DrPH and MPH, Drexel University
MSc, De Universiteit van Amsterdam


Jonathan Purtle is a policy dissemination and implementation researcher who focuses on issues related to mental health and health equity. His research uses theories and methods from the social sciences to understand how scientific evidence can be most effectively communicated to policymakers and translated into practice.

Jonathan is Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded study that is examining the implementation of policies that earmark taxes for mental health services. He is also Co-Director of NIMH/NIDA-funded ALACRITY P50 Center projects that are using agent-based modeling to understand factors that influence the use of research evidence in children's mental health policymaking. A supplement to these projects is assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of public mental health services to youth and their families. Jonathan is also Principal Investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded study that is experimentally testing the effects of frames about evidence related to adverse childhood experiences on public and policymaker support for child development policies. He has led numerous other NIH and foundation-funded projects focused on evidence-informed decision-making in public policy and practice settings.

Jonathan was awarded the Champion of Evidence-Based Interventions Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies for his research related to the dissemination of mental health evidence to public policymakers and awarded Drexel University’s Provost Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholarly Achievement. He teaches courses in implementation science and policy analysis and is Director of the School’s PhD Program in Health Services & Policy Research.

Jonathan received his DrPH in Health Management & Policy from the Dornsife School of Public Health and 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 the Annual Review of Public Health, The Milbank Quarterly, American Psychologist, Implementation Science, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Psychiatric Services, and Social Science & Medicine.

Research Interests

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


Purtle, J., Nelson, K.L., Counts, N.Z., Yudell, M. Population-Based Approaches to Mental Health: History, Strategies, and Evidence. Annual Review of Public Health. 2020; 41: 201-202.

Purtle, J., Marzalik, J.S., Halfond, R.W., Bufka, L.F., Teachman, B.A., Aarons, G.A. Towards the Data-Driven Dissemination of Findings from Psychological Science. American Psychologist. 2020;75(8):1052–1066.

Purtle, J., Joshi, R., Lê-Scherban, F., Henson, R.M., Diez Roux, A.V. Linking Data on Constituent Health with Elected Officials’ Opinions: Associations between Urban Health Disparities and Mayor Beliefs about Disparities in Their Cities. The Milbank Quarterly. In press.

Purtle, J., Nelson, K.L., Bruns, E.J., Hoagwood, K.E., Dissemination Strategies to Accelerate the Policy Impact of Children’s Mental Health Services Research. Psychiatric Services. Published Online:10 Jun 2020

Purtle, J., Gebrekristos, L.T., Keene, D, Schlesinger, P., Niccolai, L., Blankenship, K.M. Quantifying the Restrictiveness of Local Housing Authority Policies Toward People With Criminal Justice Histories: United States, 2009-2018. American Journal of Public Health. 2020 Jan;110(S1):S137-S144.

Purtle, J., Stadnick, N. Earmarked Taxes as a Policy Strategy to Increase Funding for Behavioral Health Services. Psychiatric Services. 2020 Jan 1;71(1):100-104.

Purtle, J., Lê-Scherban, F., Wang, X., Shattuck, P., Proctor, EK., Brownson, RC. State Legislator Support for Behavioral Health Parity Laws: The Influence of Mutable and Fixed Factors at Multiple Levels. The Milbank Quarterly. 2019 Nov 11. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12431. [Epub ahead of print]

Purtle, J. Public Opinion about Evidence-Informed Health Policy Development in U.S. Congress. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2019 Jun 18. pii: ibz083. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibz083. [Epub ahead of print].

Purtle, J., Lê-Scherban, F., Wang, X., Shattuck, P., Proctor, EK., Brownson, RC.Audience Segmentation to Disseminate Behavioral Health Evidence to Legislators: An Empirical Clustering Analysis. Implementation Science. 2018. 19;13(1):121. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0816-8.

Purtle, J., Henson, R.M., Carrol-Scott, A., Kolker, J., Joshi, R., Diez Roux, A.V. US Mayors' and Health Commissioners' Opinions about Health Disparities in their Cities. American Journal of Public Health. 2018 May;108(5):634-641.

Purtle, J., Systematic Review of Trauma-Informed Organizational Interventions that Include Staff Training. Trauma, Violence & Abuse. 2018 Aug 5:1524838018791304. doi: 10.1177/1524838018791304.

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.

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.

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