Jonathan Purtle’s research is focused on trauma-informed public health policy and practice. He is interested in the processes through which traumatic experiences become manifest in adverse health outcomes later in life, and systems-level approaches to intervention.
Jonathan currently works as a Research Associate for the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, where he is involved with the evaluation of Healing Hurt People, a hospital-based violence intervention program. Prior to serving in this capacity, Jonathan worked as a Program Manager and Health Policy Analyst at the Drexel School of Public Health, where he worked on a range of research projects relating to health disparities, health care reform, and public health preparedness. With Drexel Professor Michael Yudell, Jonathan writes a public health blog for the Philadelphia Inquirer, called The Public’s Health.
Jonathan holds a Masters Degree in Sociology from De Universiteit van Amsterdam and received his Master’s of Public Health degree from Drexel. Born in Philadelphia, raised in Delaware County, Jonathan lives in the Spring Garden section of the City where he enjoys exploring Fairmount Park, travel, live music, and piece-mealing bikes together with the aid of YouTube and Craigslist.