Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH

Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); Associate Director Patient Centered Outcomes Research Training Program Yale-CORE; Lecturer, Yale College

Research Interests

Health Policy; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Social Sciences; Global Health; Health Care

Public Health Interests

Global Health; Health Care Quality; Health care delivery; Health Policy; Health Services Research; Quality of care

Research Organizations

School of Public Health

Faculty Research

Global Health Studies

Research Summary

Dr. Curry’s research focuses on organizational culture, leadership, management and performance in health care systems in the US and internationally. She is an internationally recognized expert in the use of qualitative and mixed methods in public health and health services research. Dr. Curry has two decades of experience in health policy and program implementation and evaluation in collaboration with government agencies and policymakers with a primary objective of informing the development and scale up of innovative health programs and policy.

She serves on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Mixed Methods, is a fellow at Branford College at Yale College, a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of Academy Health. She is also an elected member of AcademyHealth Methods Council and served as a Board Member of the Mixed Methods International Research Association.

Specialized Terms: Organizational culture and performance; Scale up of innovations; Social and health care spending

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Curry is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and Lecturer at Yale College

Leslie’s research focuses on organizational culture, leadership, management and performance in health care systems 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.

Leadership Save Lives, Culture Change in US Hospitals to Improve Performance in AMI Care, The Medicines Company

Diffusion, Dissemination, and Widespread Take Up: What Works? Gates Foundation

All-Cause Hospital Readmission Rates for Patients with Heart Failure and Acute Myocardial Infarction: What Hospital Practices Make a Difference and How Are They Adopted? Commonwealth Fund

Ethiopian Millennium Rural Initiative External Evaluation, Clinton Health Access Initiative and Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Strategies for Reducing Mortality after Acute Myocardial Infarction Evidence-Based Approaches to Improving Quality, AHRQ and United Health Care Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Qualitative and mixed methods provide unique contributions to outcomes research.

    Curry L, Nembhard I, Bradley E. (2009) Qualitative and mixed methods provide unique contributions to outcomes research. Bradley E, Curry L, Ramanadhan S, Rowe L, Nembhard I, Krumholz H. Research in Action: Using p

  • Attitudes, training experiences and professional expectations of U.S. general surgery residents: A national survey.

    Yeo H, Viola K, Berg D, Lin Z, Nunez-Smith M, Cammann C, Bell R, Sosa J, Krumholz H, Curry L. Attitudes, training experiences and professional expectations of U.S. general surgery residents: A national survey. Journal of the American Medical Association., 2009.; 302:1301-1308.

  • Achieving large ends with limited means: Grand strategy in global health

    Curry L, Luong M, Krumholz H, Gaddis J, Kennedy P, Rulisa S, Taylor, L, Bradley E. Achieving large ends with limited means: Grand strategy in global health, International Health:Lancet 2010; 10:82-86. doi:10.1016/j.inhe.2010.02.002

  • What distinguishes top performing hospitals in acute myocardial infarction rates?

    Curry LA, Spatz E, Cherlin E, Thompson J, Berg D, Ting H, Decker C, Krumholz HM, Bradley EH. What distinguishes top performing hospitals in acute myocardial infarction rates? Annals of Internal Medicine, 2011; 154:384-390. PMID:21403074

  • Qualitative Data Analysis for Health Services Research: Developing Taxonomy, Themes and Theory

    Bradley, E., Curry, L., and Devers, K. Qualitative Data Analysis for Health Services Research: Developing Taxonomy, Themes and Theory. Health Services Research 42(4): 1758-1772, 2007.

  • A model for scale up of family health innovations in low-and middle-income settings: A mixed methods study • Bradley EH, Curry L, Taylor L, Pallas SW, Talbert-Slagle K, Yuan C, Fox A, Minhas D, Ciccone DK, Berg D, Pérez-Escamilla R. A model for scale up of family health innovations in low-and middle-income settings: A mixed methods study. BMJ Open, 2012 Aug 24;2(4). PMCID:PMC3432850.
  • Organizational culture change in U.S. hospitals: a mixed methods longitudinal intervention study. • Curry LA, Linnander EL, Brewster AL, Ting H, Krumholz HM, Bradley EH. Organizational culture change in U.S. hospitals: a mixed methods longitudinal intervention study. Implementation Science 10:29, 2015.
  • Research in Action: Using positive deviance to improve quality of health care • 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.
  • A systems approach to improving rural care in Ethiopia. Bradley EH, Byam P, Alpern R, Thompson JW, Zerihun A, Abebe Y, Curry LA. A systems approach to improving rural care in Ethiopia. PLoS One, 2012;7(4):e35042. Epub 2012 Apr 25

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Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 310

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

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