|Sue Curry, Ph.D.|
The doctoral students at the School of Public Health will host the 11th annual Mary Gumble Levy Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the Health Sciences Education Union. Sue Curry, Ph.D., will present "Tobacco Cessation Among Young Adults: Trends and Opportunities." A reception will follow the talk.
About the speaker
Curry, is the dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy.
Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in behavioral science and translation of research findings into health policy. Her bibliography includes more than 190 publications. 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.
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.
She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 30 grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and major foundations.
Curry is a fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Society for Preventive Oncology's Joseph R. Cullen Memorial Award in 2000 and the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001. Curry's numerous professional activities include service on the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation and the Association of Schools of Public Health. She is a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010.
About the Mary Gumble Levy Lecture
Each spring, the doctoral students from SLU's School of Public Health host the Mary Gumble Levy Lecture in memory of Levy, who passed away during her doctoral studies. In line with SLU's mission to "pursue truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity," this lecture reflects the dedication Levy had to combining experience with scholarly endeavors to further the fields of Health Services Research and Health Care Administration.Levy was committed to teaching, research and leadership related to her chosen calling. It is this driving force that inspired her to pursue a doctoral degree in health services research during an extremely successful career as a health care executive in a number of roles and settings. She sought this career shift believing that her experience enhanced by doctoral studies would provide a significant foundation for dissemination of knowledge to future generations of health care professionals and contributions to the scholarly literature.