Susan J. Curry, PhD

Dean, University of Iowa College of Public Health

Dr. Susan Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in health behavior research and translation of research findings into health policy. Her extensive research in tobacco includes publications on motivation to quit smoking, randomized trials of promising smoking cessation and prevention interventions, evaluations of the use and cost-effectiveness of tobacco cessation treatments under different health insurance plans, and health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco cessation. Dr. Curry’s research also encompasses studies of dietary change, modification of risky drinking patterns, and methods of increasing compliance with recommended cancer screening.

Dr. Curry has been honored by the American Society for Preventive Oncology with the Joseph R. Cullen Memorial Award for distinguished research in smoking. She received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2001. Dr. Curry is a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Curry has served on numerous national advisory boards including the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine, the Tobacco Cessation Consortium of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Subcommittee on Cessation of the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health (DHHS). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Legacy Foundation and the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001, Dr. Curry was professor of health services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, and director and senior investigator at the Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative, in Seattle. In August 2008, she became dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Research Interests

Health policy, behavioral risk factor modification, cancer prevention and control, community-based and self-help interventions

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

For a more thorough listing of Dr. Curry's recent publications, especially those written outside IHRP, see her PubMed listing.

Curry SJ, Grossman DC, Whitlock EP, Cantu A. Behavioral counseling research and evidence-based practice recommendations: u.s. Preventive services task force perspectives. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Mar 18;160(6).

Beard E, Shahab L, Curry SJ, West R. Association between smoking cessation and short-term health-care use: results from an international prospective cohort study (ATTEMPT). Addiction. 2013 Nov;108(11):1979-88.

Hockenberry JM, Curry SJ, Fishman PA, Baker TB, Fraser DL, Cisler RA, Jackson TC, Fiore MC. Healthcare costs around the time of smoking cessation. Am J Prev Med. Jun 2012;42(6):596-601.

Suls JM, Luger TM, Curry SJ, Mermelstein RJ, Sporer AK, An LC. Efficacy of smoking-cessation interventions for young adults: a meta-analysis. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Jun;42(6):655-62. [See abstract.]

Curry SJ, Mermelstein RJ, Emery SL, Sporer AK, Berbaum ML, Campbell RT, Flay B, Warnecke RB. A national evaluation of community-based youth cessation programs: end of program and twelve-month outcomes. Am J Community Psychol. 2013 Mar;51(1-2):15-29. [See abstract.]

Houser-Marko L, Curry SJ, Mermelstein RJ, Emery S, Pugach O. A comparison of mandated versus volunteer adolescent participants in youth tobacco cessation programs. Addict Behav. 2011 Sep;36(9):937-40. [See abstract.]

Houser-Marko L, Sporer A, Emery SL, Hund L, Lee J, Curry SJ. Use of program evaluation in community youth tobacco cessation programs. Am J Health Behav. 2010 Mar-Apr;34(2):177-85. [See abstract.]

Emery S, Lee J, Curry SJ, Johnson T, Sporer AK, Mermelstein R, Flay B, Warnecke R. Finding needles in a haystack: a methodology for identifying and sampling community-based youth smoking cessation programs. Eval Rev. 2010 Feb;34(1):35-51. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Curry SJ, Berbaum M, Schneider L. Short-term temporal stability in observed retail food characteristics. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010 Jan-Feb;42(1)L26-32. [See abstract.]

Sterling K, Curry S, Sporer A, Emery S, Mermelstein R. Implementation fidelity of packaged teen smoking cessation treatments delivered in community-based settings. Health Educ Res. 2009 Dec;24(6):941-8. [See abstract.]

Curry SJ, Mermelstein RJ, Sporer AK. Therapy for specific problems: youth tobacco cessation. Annu Rev Psychol. 2009;60:229-55. [See abstract.]

Fiore M, Jaén CR, Baker TB, Bailey WC, Bennett G, Benowitz NL, et al. A clinical practice guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence: 2008 update. A U.S. Public Health Service report. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Aug;35(2):158-76.

Curry SJ, Keller PA, Orleans CT, Fiore MC. The role of health care systems in increased tobacco cessation. Annu Rev Public Health. 2008 Apr 21;29:411-428.

Fiore MC, Keller PA, Curry SJ. Health system changes to facilitate the delivery of tobacco-dependence treatment. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Dec;33(6 Suppl):S349-56.

Curry SJ, Sporer AK, Pugach O, Campbell RT, Emery S. Use of tobacco cessation treatments among young adult smokers: 2005 National Health Interview Survey.  Am J Public Health. 2007 Aug;97(8):1464-9.

Curry SJ. eHealth research and healthcare delivery beyond intervention effectiveness. Am J Prev Med. 2007 May;32(5 Suppl):S127-30.

Curry SJ, Emery S, Sporer AK, Mermelstein R, Flay BR, Berbaum M, Warnecke RB, Johnson T, Mowery P, Parsons J, Harmon L, Hund L, Wells H. A national survey of tobacco cessation programs for youths. Am J Public Health. 2007 Jan;97(1):171-7.

Curry SJ, Orleans CT, Keller P, Fiore M.  Promoting smoking cessation in the healthcare environment: 10 years later. Am J Prev Med. 2006 Sep;31(3):269-72.

Diviak KR, Curry SJ, Emery SL, Mermelstein RJ. Human participants challenges in youth tobacco cessation research: researchers' perspectives. Ethics Behav. 2004;14(4):321-34.

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Psychological Association, Divisions 38 and 50
Fellow, Institute of Medicine of Chicago Fellow
Distinguished Scientist Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine
Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award, American Society of Preventive Oncology