Jason Purnell, PhD, MPH

Principal Investigator and Project Director

Health Equity Works Director Dr. Jason Purnell is an associate professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. He is trained in both applied psychology and public health and is a licensed psychologist in the State of Missouri. Dr. Purnell’s research focuses on health equity and the social determinants of health, with a special emphasis on the social, cultural, and economic factors that influence health behaviors and health outcomes. He is also interested in how communities can be mobilized to respond to health inequity. These interests were the foundation for the 2014 For the Sake of All report and subsequent project of the same name. Dr. Purnell’s work has been published in leading scientific journals such as JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Annual Review of Public Health, and Journal of Clinical Oncology. Interest in the For the Sake of All initiative and resulting programs has earned media coverage by The Huffington Post, CNN, NPR, the Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Mclean’s (Canada), Korea Times (Korea), the “Joe Madison Show” on SiriusXM Radio, Vice News, vox.com, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Dr. Purnell earned his degrees from Harvard University (BA, government and philosophy), The Ohio State University (PhD, counseling psychology), and the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (MPH, public health).