Leslie Curry PhD, MPH

Senior Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); Co-Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student ResearchHealth Policy & SystemsSchool of Public HealthRobert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program


Leslie’s research focuses on health care access, quality and outcomes in hospital, community and institutional settings in the U.S. and internationally. She is especially interested in the development and scale up of innovative, evidence-based health practices, programs and policies and regularly collaborates with government agencies and health care providers in these efforts. Her work has been supported by a variety of funders including NIH, AHRQ, The Commonwealth Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Bank. Leslie is an internationally recognized expert in qualitative and mixed methods, and was appointed to a working group commissioned by the National Institutes of Health to develop Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences in 2011. She is actively engaged in conducting, studying and teaching about interdisciplinary research, bridging the methods communities through publishing qualitative and mixed methods empirical research and methodology in biomedical and health services journals. A Fellow of Branford College at Yale, Leslie teaches extensively and provides mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels in public health and medicine.


  • M.P.H., University of Connecticut , 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut , 2000

Selected Publication

  • Curry L, Nembhard I, Bradley E. Qualitative and mixed methods provide unique contributions to outcomes research. Circulation, 2009, 119:1442-1452. PMID:19289649 Bradley E, Curry L, Ramanadhan S, Rowe L, Nembhard I, Krumholz H. Research in Action: Using positive deviance to improve quality of health care. Implementation Science, 2009. 4:25. PMCID:PMC2690576. Curry LA, Alpern R, Webster TR, Byam P, Zerihun A, Tarakeshwar N, Cherlin EJ, Bradley EH. (2012). Community Perspectives on Roles and Responsibilities for Strengthening Primary Health Care in Rural Ethiopia. Global Public Health, in press

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America