Assistant Professor, Human Sciences
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
Research interests: Dr. Purtell’s research focuses on understanding how contextual factors shape health and development among low-income children and adolescents, and on how policies and programs can enhance the developmental trajectories of these youth.
Current research: Current work focuses on 1) the role income support benefits play in the development of low-income children; 2) the influence of family poverty on adolescents’ expectations and preparation for the transition to adulthood and 3) understanding how educational settings, both in early childhood and K-12 years, influence the academic development of economically disadvantaged youth.
Dr. Purtell's Seed Grant:
(2017) Context Matters: The Social Determinants of Early Child Development