Natalie Purcell, PhD, MPA

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Social Behavioral Sciences
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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    Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco, CAPresidential Management Fellowship2013Public Administration
    University of California, Santa Cruz, CAPhD2011Sociology
    University of California, Santa Cruz, CAMA2008Sociology
    Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJMPA2003Public Administration

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    I am a sociologist who specializes in the study of violence, trauma, and pain across healthcare contexts. My work uses mixed methods drawn from the social sciences and the humanities, as well as program-evaluation and implementation-science techniques. Since joining the VA in 2011, my research has centered on understanding the impact of violence and combat trauma in the lives of US military veterans, identifying and evaluating care interventions to address violence-related trauma and pain among veterans, and identifying ways to reduce violence against healthcare workers. My work at VA involves not only violence and trauma-related research, but also transformation of the institutional culture to promote organizational health and patient centered care.

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    1. Purcell N, Zamora K, Gibson C, Tighe J, Chang J, Grasso J, Seal KH. Patient Experiences With Integrated Pain Care: A Qualitative Evaluation of One VA's Biopsychosocial Approach to Chronic Pain Treatment and Opioid Safety. Glob Adv Health Med. 2019; 8:2164956119838845. PMID: 31041143.
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    2. Griffin BJ, Purcell N, Burkman K, Litz BT, Bryan CJ, Schmitz M, Villierme C, Walsh J, Maguen S. Moral Injury: An Integrative Review. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Jun; 32(3):350-362. PMID: 30688367.
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    3. Burkman K, Purcell N, Maguen S. Provider perspectives on a novel moral injury treatment for veterans: Initial assessment of acceptability and feasibility of the Impact of Killing treatment materials. J Clin Psychol. 2019 01; 75(1):79-94. PMID: 30368815.
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    4. Purcell N, Griffin BJ, Burkman K, Maguen S. "Opening a Door to a New Life": The Role of Forgiveness in Healing From Moral Injury. Front Psychiatry. 2018; 9:498. PMID: 30405451.
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    5. Purcell N, Zamora K, Tighe J, Li Y, Douraghi M, Seal K. The Integrated Pain Team: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Impact of an Embedded Interdisciplinary Pain Care Intervention on Primary Care Team Satisfaction, Confidence, and Perceptions of Care Effectiveness. Pain Med. 2018 09 01; 19(9):1748-1763. PMID: 29040715.
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    6. Natalie Purcell, Kristine Burkman, Jessica Keyser, Phillip Fucella, Shira Maguen. Healing from Moral Injury: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Impact of Killing Treatment for Combat Veterans. Journal of Aggression Maltreatment & Trauma. 2018 Jul 3; 27(6):1-29.
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    7. Natalie Purcell, Michael L. Drexler. Behavioral threat assessment and management: Lessons learned in one VA health care system. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. 2018 Mar 1; 5(1):42-62.
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    8. Purcell, N. and Drexler, M.Behavioral threat assessment and management: Lessons learned in one VA healthcare system. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. 2018; 1(5):42-62.
    9. Purcell, N., Burkman, K, Keyser, J., Fucella, P., and Maguen, S.Healing from moral injury: A qualitative evaluation of the Impact of Killing treatment for combat veterans. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. 2018; 6(27):645-673.
    10. Natalie Purcell, Eric Shovein, Claire Hebenstreit, Michael Drexler. Violence in a U.S. Veterans Affairs healthcare system: worker perspectives on prevalence, causes, and contributors. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 2017 Jan 2; 15(1):1-19.
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    11. Purcell, N., Shovein, E., Hebenstreit, C., and Drexler, M.Violence in a U.S. Veterans Affairs healthcare system: Worker perspectives on prevalence, causes, and contributors. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 2017; 1(15):38-56.
    12. Natalie Purcell, Christopher J. Koenig, Jeane Bosch, Shira Maguen. Veterans’ Perspectives on the Psychosocial Impact of Killing in War. The Counseling Psychologist. 2016 Oct 1; 44(7):1062-1099.
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    13. Purcell, N., Koenig, C.J., Bosch, J., and Maguen, S.Veterans’ perspectives on the psychosocial impact of killing in war. Counseling Psychologist. 2016; 7(44):1062-1099.
    14. Purcell, N.Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Aggression in Hardcore Pornography. 2012.