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

Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH, is Senior Research Scientist in Health Policy and Management at the Yale School of Public Health, Lecturer in Yale College, core faculty at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and Associate Director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Training Program at Yale Center for Outcomes Research. 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.

International work includes: 1) Collaboration with the Foundation for Professional Development on the Advanced Health Management Program (AHMP). The program focuses on providing health professionals with the management skills necessary to run efficient, effective health care facilities and to have them meet the needs of patients with HIV/AIDS. 2) In the U.K., The Yale Health and Social Care Strategic Leadership Programme is offered to executives and providers across the National Health Service in the United Kingdom (U.K.). Grounded in a framework of strategic problem solving and leadership, the program prepares delegates to lead in an increasingly complex system and catalyse partnerships across disciplines to affect system-wide improvements, 3) In China, The Yale Hospital Management and Leadership Program engages hospital management teams in lectures and exercises to strengthen leadership and management, team problem solving capacities, and effective followership, and 4) In Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique and Nigeria, Project Last Mile (PLM), which uses The Coca-Cola Company’s logistic, supply chain and marketing expertise to improve health systems across Africa in a sustainable way. Leslie is leading the qualitative research evaluation.

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.

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

Education
  • PhD, University of Connecticut, 2000
  • MPH, University of Connecticut, 1991
Publications
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • • 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.
  • • 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.
  • • 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.
  • 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
Current projects

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

Honors
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • T. Stewart Hamilton Fellowship in Health Management
Services
  • Elected and appointed positions on leadership committees
    NIH Mixed Methods in Health Sciences Best Practice appointed workgroup
    (2010 - 2011)
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association elected Board Member
    (2014 - 2017)
  • Academy Health Methods Council elected member
  • meme
    Editorial Board Member: Circulation, Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes; Journal of Mixed Methods Research others