David Purpura, PhD

Research Interests

Preschool mathematics and reading, home numeracy and literacy environment, behavioral and cognitive development, interventions for children at-risk of later mathematics difficulties

Biography

I joined the Purdue faculty in the fall of 2012 after completing a US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois in the College of Education. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 2010. You could say that I study the ABCs of the 123s! In my research, I focus on understanding how young children in preschool through 3rd grade learn math and early identification of children at-risk for later math difficulties. My current focus is on evaluating the effects of literacy and executive functioning skills on the development of young children’s mathematical knowledge as well as on evaluating interventions and instructional methods that enhance this development. In my lab we also study the home numeracy and literacy environment and how home factors affect children’s academic skills at preschool entry.

Selected Publications

  • Napoli, A. R., & Purpura, D. J. (2018). The home literacy and numeracy environment in preschool: Cross-domain relations of parent-child practices and child outcomes. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 166, 581-603.

  • Purpura, D. J., & Simms, V. (2018). Approximate Number System development in preschool: What factors predict change? Cognitive Development, 45, 31-39.

  • Purpura, D. J., Day, E., Napoli, A. R., & Hart, S. A. (2017). Identifying domain-general and domain-specific predictors of low mathematics performance: A classification and regression tree analysis. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 3, 365-399.

  • Purpura, D. J., Logan, J. A. R., Hassinger-Das, B., & +Napoli, A. R. (2017). Why do early mathematics skills predict later reading? The role of mathematical language. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1633–1642.

  • Purpura, D. J., +Napoli, A. R., +Wehrspann, E. A., & +Gold, Z. S. (2017). Causal connections between mathematical language and mathematical knowledge: A dialogic reading intervention. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 10, 116-137.

  • Purpura, D. J., Schmitt, S. A., & Ganley, C. M. (2017). Foundations of mathematics and literacy: The role of executive functioning components. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 153, 15-34.

  • Thompson, R. J., Napoli, A. R., & Purpura, D. J. (2017). Age-related differences in the relation between the home numeracy environment and numeracy skills. Infant and Child Development, e2019.

  • Hart, S. A., Ganley, C. M., & Purpura, D. J. (2016). Understanding the home math environment and its role in predicting parent report of children’s math skills. PLoS One, 11, e0168227.

  • Purpura, D. J., & Reid, E. E. (2016). Mathematics and language: Individual and group differences in mathematical language skills in young children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26, 259-268.

  • Purpura, D. J., & Logan, J. A. R. (2015). The non-linear relations between the approximate number system and mathematical language to symbolic mathematics. Developmental Psychology, 51, 1717-1724.

  • Purpura, D. J., & Lonigan, C. J. (2015). Early numeracy assessment: The development of the preschool early numeracy scales. Early Education and Development, 26, 286-313.

  • Purpura, D. J., & +Napoli, A. R. (2015). Early numeracy and literacy: Untangling the relation between specific components. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 17, 197-218.

  • Purpura, D. J., Reid, E. E., Eiland, M. D., & Baroody, A. J. (2015). Using a brief preschool early numeracy skills screener to identify young children with mathematics difficulties. School Psychology Review, 44, 41-59.

  • Purpura, D. J., & Ganley, C. (2014). Working memory and language: Skill-specific or domain-general relations to mathematics? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 122, 104-121.

  • Purpura, D. J., Baroody, A. J., & Lonigan, C. J. (2013). The transition from informal to formal mathematical knowledge: Mediation by numeral knowledge. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 453-464.

  • Purpura, D. J., & Lonigan, C. J. (2013). Informal numeracy skills: The structure and relations among numbering, relations, and arithmetic operations in preschool. American Educational Research Journal, 50, 178-209.

  • Purpura, D. J., Hume, L., Sims, D., & Lonigan, C. J. (2011). Early literacy and early numeracy: The value of including early literacy skills in the prediction of numeracy development. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 110, 647-658.

Education

  • 2010 – 2012  Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2010              PhD, Clinical Psychology, Florida State University

  • 2007              MS, Clinical Psychology, Florida State University

  • 2005              BA, Psychology, Purdue University



David Purpura

Assistant Professor

Faculty Associate:
   Advanced Methods at Purdue,
   (AMAP)
   Center for Families

(PhD, Florida State University)

Hanley Hall, Room 231
Purdue University
1202 West State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana  47907-2055

Phone: 765-494-2947
Fax: 765-496-1144
purpura@purdue.edu

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