Title(s): Dean, Distinguished Professor
Department: Health Management and Policy
Office: S153A CPHB
Phone: (319) 384-1503
Sue Curry, PhD, is dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy.
Prior to joining the College of Public Health in 2008, Dr. Curry served as professor of health policy and administration and director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From the late-1980s until joining UIC in 2001, Dr. Curry was professor of health services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington and senior investigator and director at the Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative. She also served as a scientist in the country’s first Cancer Prevention Research Unit at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
Dr. Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in behavioral science and translation of research findings into health policy. Her extensive research in chronic disease prevention and management includes studies of tobacco cessation, dietary change, modification of risky drinking patterns, and methods of increasing compliance with recommended cancer screening. Dr. Curry’s research also encompasses studies of the use and cost effectiveness of prevention treatments under different health insurance plans, and health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco cessation. Dr. Curry is a fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Society for Preventive Oncology’s Joseph R. Cullen Memorial Award in 2000 and the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001.
Dean Curry’s many professional activities include past service as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation and member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Cancer Institute. She is a current member of the US Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Curry was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010.
- Health policy
- Implementation of evidence-based practice guidelines
- Behavioral risk factor modification
- Cancer prevention and control
- Community-based participatory research