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Kelly Purtell

Postdoctoral Fellow PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow
Kelly Purtell



Kelly Purtell is a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Research Center, funded by an F32 NICHD Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She is also affiliated with the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

Her research broadly focuses on how contextual factors shape development in low-income children and adolescents, and on how public policies can enhance the developmental trajectories of these youth.  Currently, she is working with Elizabeth Gershoff to examine how family use of TANF and Food Stamp benefits influence low-income children's development, and how timing and duration of benefit use moderate these associations.

Dr. Purtell's current research is based upon work supported by Grant No. F32 HD069121.

In the fall of 2014, she will begin her position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Ohio State.

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