Jason Q. Purnell, MPH, PhD

Vice President for Community Health Improvement, Associate Professor of Social Work

BJC HealthCare (BJC)

Dr. Purnell’s research emphasis is the elimination of health disparities across the cancer continuum, from prevention to survivorship. Specifically, Dr. Purnell is interested in how sociocultural factors influence cancer prevention and control and in the development of innovative uses for information and communication technologies to reduce cancer disparities. Dr. Purnell’s interdisciplinary research experience includes investigations of psychological adjustment, psychosocial functioning and intervention, and response to treatment in cancer patients and survivors in collaboration with colleagues from psychology, public health, oncology, and primary care. He has also led research efforts to characterize the sociocultural factors influencing colorectal cancer screening among African Americans and to deliver a pastor-driven, direct-mail colorectal cancer screening intervention through African American churches. He continues his interdisciplinary work as a faculty member in Washington University’s Health Communication Research Laboratory, a center in the Brown School of Social Work, which he joined in September of 2009.