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Gregory Larkin Purser, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: 2141 Pleasant Hall
Phone: 225-578-1337


PhD, School of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2018
MSW, School of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2011
BSW, School of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2010

Brief Biography

Greg Purser’s research examines the effects of substance use and mental health issues across the life course, with a specific focus on substance use in older age. Greg also examines the effects of substance use on housing, drawing from his years spent as a program coordinator of a homeless employment program.

Selected Publications

Purser, G. L., Mowbray, O. P., & O'Shields, J. (2017). The relationship between length and number of homeless episodes and engagement in survival sex. Journal of Social Service Research, 43(2), 262-269.

Mowbray, O., Washington, T., Purser, G., & O‘Shields, J. (2017). Problem drinking and depression in older adults with multiple chronic health conditions. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65(1), 146-152.

O'Shields, J., Purser, G., & Mowbray, O. (2017). Symptom profiles of major depressive disorder and their correlates among a nationally representative sample. Social Work Research, 41(3), 145-153.

Selected Presentations

Purser, G., Mowbray, O., Washington, T.F. & O’Shields, J. (2017). The Relationship of Depression, Loneliness and Social Support on Health Among Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Poster presentation at the 21st annual Society for Social Work Research,
New Orleans, LA.