Sue Curry, PhD, is an emeritus Dean and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Dr. Curry joined the University of Iowa as Dean of the College of Public Health in 2008 and served in that role until her service as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost from 2017-2019. Prior to that, Dr. Curry served as Professor of Health Policy and Administration and director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From the late 1980s until joining UIC in 2001, Dr. Curry was Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington and senior investigator and director at the Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative. She also served as a scientist in the country’s first Cancer Prevention Research Unit, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
Dr. Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in behavioral science and translation of research findings into health policy. Her extensive research in chronic disease prevention and management includes studies of tobacco cessation, dietary change, modification of risky drinking patterns, and methods of increasing compliance with recommended cancer screening. Dr. Curry’s research also encompasses studies of the use and cost effectiveness of prevention treatments under different health insurance plans and health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco cessation.
Dr. Curry served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from 2009-2019 and served as Chair of the Task Force from 2018-2019. Dr. Curry is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and currently serves on its Governing Council and as a member of their Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. She is also a member of the Governing Board of the National Research Council. Dr. Curry’s completed professional activities include service as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Truth Initiative (formerly the American Legacy Foundation), member of the CDC’s Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health, and member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Cancer Institute. She is a Fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Curry has received numerous awards, including the American Society for Preventive Oncology’s Joseph R. Cullen Memorial Award in 2000, the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s John Slade Award in 2015, and the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38) Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by a Senior Professional Award in 2017.