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Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Professor of Management; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Lecturer, Yale College; Associate Director Yale Scholars in Implementation Science Training Program

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Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH

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  • Health Policy & Management

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health, Professor of Management at Yale School of Management, Lecturer in Yale College, Associate Director of the Yale Scholars in Implementation Science Program, and core faculty at the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative. Leslie’s research focuses on management, culture and organizational performance in diverse health care 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. Leslie was a Public Voices Thought Leader Fellow in 2016-17. Leslie's work has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine and the BMJ, and featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and ABC News.

Leslie's current primary research portfolio includes: 1) MPI on an NIH R01 funded effort, Champions Advancing Racial Equity in Sepsis (CARES) to develop and evaluate a coalition-based leadership intervention to equip health systems and their surrounding communities to mitigate structural racism and drive measurable reductions in inequities in sepsis outcomes, 2) Yale core team for Equitable Breakthroughs in Medicine Development (EQBMED), a national collaboration to increase diversity in clinical trials and address systemicbarriers to participation by communities of color, 3) Implementation evaluation lead for All of Us (Yale site), a large-scale NIH funded national initiative with a goal of enrolling one million or more participants, particularly those who are under-represented in biomedical research, and 4) Co-investigator with Dr. Dowin Boatright on an NIH funded R01, Developing an Evidence-Based Toolkit to Improve Diversity in the Physician-Scientist Workforce. She also supports colleagues and mentees across the schools of medicine and public health working on implementation science and community-driven projects

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 a recognized expert in qualitative and mixed methods and regularly teaches at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. She teaches HPM 688, "Leadership and Management in Complex Health Systems", the capstone course for health care management students at YSPH. She is also PI for a strategic leadership programme for executives in the NHS and social care in the United Kingdom. Grounded in a framework of strategic problem solving and leadership, this program prepares delegates to lead in an increasingly complex system and catalyze partnerships across disciplines to affect system-wide improvements. She serves on several editorial and professional association boards, including an elected position on the Methods Council of AcademyHealth. She is co-author of Mixed Methods in the Health Sciences: A Practical Primer, commissioned by Sage Publications, 2014.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Connecticut (2000)
  • MPH
    University of Connecticut (1991)
  • BA
    Tufts University (1984)

Honors & Recognition

Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
T. Stewart Hamilton Fellowship in Health Management

Professional Service

Academy Health Methods Council elected member2016 - Present
Mixed Methods International Research Association elected Board Member2014 - 2017
Editorial Board Member: Circulation, Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes; Journal of Mixed Methods Research othersmeme2013 - Present
NIH Mixed Methods in Health Sciences Best Practice appointed workgroupElected and appointed positions on leadership committees2010 - 2011

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