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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 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 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study 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 Co-Director of a NIMH-funded P50 project (PIs Hoagwood and McKay) that is using agent-based modeling to understand factors that influence research use in children's state mental health policymaking. He was PI of a NIMH-funded R21 that surveyed state legislators to understand their opinions about mental health and substance use issues and how they use evidence in decision making. He is Co-Investigator of a NIMHD-funded R01 that is assessing the mental health impacts of Hurricane Maria on Island Puerto Ricans (PIs Ortega and Canino) and a NIMH-funded R01 that is assessing the effects of public housing policies on HIV/STI risk (PI Blankenship).

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 The Milbank Quarterly, Implementation Science, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Psychiatric Services,andSocial Science & Medicine.

Research Interests

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


Purtle, J., Stadnick, N. Earmarked Taxes as a Policy Strategy to Increase Funding for Behavioral Health Services. Psychiatric Services. In press. Accepted August 1, 2019.

Goldstein, N.D., Suder, J.S. Purtle, J. Effect of Vaccine-preventable Disease Incidence on Proposed State Vaccine Exemption Legislation. JAMA Pediatrics. In press. Accepted July 2, 2019.

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. In press. Accepted May 24, 2019.

Cuevas, A., Levine, S., Purtle, J. What predicts a mayoral official's opinion about the role of stress in health disparities? Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. In press. Accepted September 5, 2019.

Purtle, J. Public Opinion about Evidence-Informed Health Policy Development in U.S. Congress. Translational Behavioral Medicine. In press. Accepted May 13, 2019.

Purtle, J., Lê-Scherban, F., Wang, X., Chilton, M. State Legislators' Opinions about Adverse Childhood Experiences as Risk Factors for Adult Behavioral Health Conditions. Psychiatric Services. In press. Accepted May 9, 2019.

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., 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., 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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