Sue Curry


Sue Curry 2016

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 member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and 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, the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s John Slade Award in 2015.

Dr. Curry’s many professional activities include past service as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation, member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Cancer Institute, and member of the US Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Curry’s current activities include membership on the CDC’s Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Board of Directors, and the Membership Committee and Board on Population Health for the Institute of Medicine.

Research Interests

  • Health policy
  • Implementation of evidence-based practice guidelines
  • Behavioral risk factor modification
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Community-based participatory research