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Leslie Curry

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



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.

U.S. domestic work includes an ongoing 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. International work includes for example The Yale Health and Social Care Strategic Leadership Programme is offered to 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. Leslie also supports the mixed methods evaluation of Project Last Mile, funded by USAID, Global Fund, Gates Foundation and The Coca Cola Company, which uses The Coca-Cola Company’s logistic, supply chain and marketing expertise to improve health systems across Africa in a sustainable way.

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)


  • China-Yale Leadership Development Program
    Beijing, China 2016
  • Project Last Mile
    Pretoria, South Africa; Chimoio, Mozambique; Amani, Tanzania 2015
  • Partnerships for social and medical care integration
    New York, United States (2015-2018)
  • Leadership Saves Lives culture change intervention
    Rochester, United States (2012-2018)
  • Strategic System Leadership Development
    London, United Kingdom 2007

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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