Leslie Curry PhD, MPH

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

Research Interests

Quality of health care and patient experiences with health and health care systems; Organizational culture and performance; Scale up of innovations; Social and health care spending

Current Projects

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


Research Summary

Dr. Curry’s research focuses on quality of health care and patient experiences with health and health care systems in hospital, nursing home and community settings. 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 has authored or co-authored papers and books in the areas of health care quality, patient and provider experiences of care, mixed methods research in public health, scale up of innovations, innovative models of organizing and financing long term care, and the use of grand strategy to improve global health.

Dr. Curry has several current projects in international settings. She serves on a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Mixed Methods, is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of Academy Health, and the Global Health Council.

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Curry is a Senior Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson 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.


Selected Publications

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Curry LA, O’Cathain A, Plano Clark VL, Aroni R, Fetters M, Berg D. (2011). The Role of Group Dynamics in Mixed Methods Health Sciences Research Teams. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, in press. doi: 10.1177/1558689811416941
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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