Jonathan Purtle is a policy dissemination and implementation researcher who focuses on issues related to mental health, substance use, and health equity. His research adopts, adapts, and integrates theories and methods from the social sciences to understand how scientific evidence can be most effectively communicated to policymakers and translated into practice. He is primary investigator of a RWJF-funded study that is testing the effects of strategic frames about toxic stress on public and policymaker support for child development policies and stigma towards children and families. He is also co-director of a NIMH-funded P50 project (PIs Hoagwood and McKay) that is using agent-based modeling to understand factors that influence research use in children’s state mental health policymaking. He was primary investigator of a NIMH-funded R21 that surveyed to state legislators to understanding their opinions about various behavioral health issues, how they use evidence in decision making, and their preferences for different types of evidence (including cost-effectiveness and budget impact data).