Caroline Purvis, Ph.D.
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Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: No

Accepting new undergraduate students: No






Fun Facts
Favorite quotes/sayings?
"You can’t lose confidence in yourself, or you’ve lost already. When you get knocked down, you’ve got to keep getting back up"-Tim Tebow

"If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be"- Maya Angelou

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be?
I would study law so I could work on policy changes regarding youth development and health education.

Ph.D. University of Florida Health Education and Behavior, 2014
M.S. University of Florida Family, Youth, and Community Sciences 2009
B.S. University of Florida Family, Youth, and Community Sciences 2007
Research Interests
• Youth development
• Risky adolescent/emerging adult behaviors
• Sexual Health Education
• Health Education
Courses Taught
Introduction to Sexual Health
Sexuality Education
Maternal and Child Health
Health and Wellness Education
2016   The National Society of Leadership and Success: Excellence in Teaching Award
2015   Mississippi University for Women: New Faculty Award Winner
Research Projects
Professional development for sexual health educators funded by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.
Training Mississippi Sexual Health educators funded by Mississippi First.

Selected Publications
Payne-Purvis, C.M., Barnett, R.V., & Forthun, L.F. (2014). Parental involvement during adolescence and contraceptive use in college. Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, 6(2), 1-17.

Barnett, R.V., Payne-Purvis, C.M., & Culen, G.R. (2015). Perceptions of community and risk behavior exposure for youth in at-risk environments. National Youth At-Risk Journal, 1(1), 46-59.

Barnett, R.V., Combee, P.E., Payne-Purvis, C.M. (2016). Where’d you hear that?: Examining the importance of individuals and institutions in providing knowledge to at- risk adolescents about their local community. Journal of Youth Development. 11:2.

Unroe, T., Barnett, R.V., & Payne-Purvis, C.M. (2017). An examination of self-esteem and empowerment of African American female youth in an after school program. Journal of Youth Development 12:1.

Menn, M., Payne-Purvis, C, Alber, J., Chaney, B., Stellefson, M., Sneed-Murphy, S. (2019). The Health Education Research Experience (HERE) Program Metadata Dataset Data in Brief.