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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 policy dissemination and implementation researcher who focuses on issues related to mental health and health equity. His research adopts, adapts, and integrates 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 in a study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that is testing the effects of strategic frames about toxic stress on public and policymaker support for child development policies and stigma towards children and families. He is also currently the Principal Investigator of a R21 from the National Institute of Mental Health that is exploring strategies to improve how mental health evidence is communicated to state policymakers. He is also leading a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project that is examining activities to reduce health inequities in US cities and counties.

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 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., 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., Dodson, E., Nelson, K.L., Meisel, Z., Brownson, R. Legislators' Sources of Behavioral Health Research and Preferences for Dissemination: Variations by Political Party. Psychiatric Services. 2018 July. doi: 10.1176/

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., Bouchers, B. Clement, T., Mauri, A. Inter-Agency Strategies used by State Mental Health Agencies to Assist with Federal Behavioral Health Parity Implementation. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 2018 Jul;45(3):516-526.

Purtle, J., Peters, R., Kolker, J. Diez Roux, A. Uses of Population Health Rankings in Local Policy Contexts: A Multi-Site Case Study. Medical Care Research and Review. 2017 Aug 1:1077558717726115.

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. 2016 Dec 23;3:136-140.

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.

Purtle, J., Dodson, E., Brownson, R. Uses of Research Evidence among US State Legislators who Prioritize Behavioral Health Issues.Psychiatric Services. 2016 Dec 1;67(12):1355-1361.

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.

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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