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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 recent includes an mixed methods study in 10 communities across the U.S. to understand how 'high performing' regions with low levels of avoidable health care utilization for older adults establish relationships with partners in health care and other health sectors and how such partnerships are catalyzed, developed and sustained. She leads The Yale Health and Social Care Strategic Leadership Programme offered to selected delegations of executives and providers across the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. She is also PI for Preparing the Clinical Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future, aimed at strengthening the capacity of the NHS clinical and social care workforce to integrate digital innovations. Grounded in a framework of strategic problem solving and leadership, these programs prepare delegates to lead in an increasingly complex system and catalyze partnerships across disciplines to affect system-wide improvements.

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 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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