Kelly Purtell

Associate Professor

Purtell’s research centers 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. Many of her current projects focus on policies and practices related to early childhood education and their influences on children’s development. She is a faculty associate at Ohio State’s Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Population Research. Purtell holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.