Jonathan Purtle, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., M.Sc.

Drexel University, School of Public Health

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.