Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Kelly Purtell is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Broadly, her research focuses on how contextual factors shape development among low-income children and adolescents, and how public policies can enhance the developmental trajectories of these youth.
In her current work, funded by an NIH F32 grant, she is examining 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.