John F. Curry

John F. Curry

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Catholic University of America 1978

  • M.A., Catholic University of America 1972

  • B.A., Villanova University 1970


Development and investigation of cognitive-behavioral interventions, alone and in combination with medication,for the treatment of adolescent major depression and substance abuse. Treatment outcome in large multi-site trials and in community care settings. Translation of efficacious treatments into community settings, such as brief motivational interviewing and CBT for teen and young adult substance abuse. We have written and tested the manuals for CBT in the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS)and contributed to those for the Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters Study (TASA).

Cognitive and behavioral processes contributing to adolescent depression, including attributions, self-perceptions, and coping responses.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy, adolescents, depression, substance abuse, translation to community

Donoho, CJ, LeardMann, C, O'Malley, CA, Walter, KH, Riviere, LA, Curry, JF, and Adler, AB. "Depression among military spouses: Demographic, military, and service member psychological health risk factors." Depression and Anxiety 35.12 (December 2018): 1137-1144. Full Text

Curry, JF, Kiser, LJ, Fernandez, PE, Elliott, AV, and Dowling, LVM. "Development and initial piloting of a measure of post-deployment parenting reintegration experiences." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 49.2 (April 1, 2018): 159-166. Full Text

Meyer, AE, and Curry, JF. "Pathways from anxiety to stressful events: An expansion of the stress generation hypothesis." Clinical Psychology Review 57 (November 2017): 93-116. (Review) Full Text

Shepherd-Banigan, M, Kelley, ML, Katon, JG, Curry, JF, Goldstein, KM, Brancu, M, Wagner, HR, Fecteau, TE, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Women Veterans Workgroup, , VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, , and Van Houtven, CH. "Paternal history of mental illness associated with posttraumatic stress disorder among veterans." Psychiatry Research 256 (October 2017): 461-468. Full Text

Curry, JF, and Meyer, AE. "Can Less Yield More? Behavioral Activation for Adolescent Depression." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 23.1 (March 1, 2016): 62-65. Full Text

Peters, AT, Jacobs, RH, Feldhaus, C, Henry, DB, Albano, AM, Langenecker, SA, Reinecke, MA, Silva, SG, and Curry, JF. "Trajectories of Functioning Into Emerging Adulthood Following Treatment for Adolescent Depression." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 58.3 (March 2016): 253-259. Full Text

Rush, CC, Curry, JF, and Looney, JG. "Alcohol expectancies and drinking behaviors among college students with disordered eating." Journal of American college health : J of ACH 64.3 (January 2016): 195-204. Full Text

Kelley, ML, Brancu, M, Robbins, AT, D'Lima, GM, Strauss, JL, Curry, JF, Fairbank, JA, Runnals, J, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Women Veterans Workgroup, and VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, . "Drug use and childhood-, military- and post-military trauma exposure among women and men veterans." Drug and alcohol dependence 152 (July 2015): 201-208. Full Text

Brenner, SL, Burns, BJ, Curry, JF, Silva, SG, Kratochvil, CJ, and Domino, ME. "Mental health service use among adolescents following participation in a randomized clinical trial for depression." Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology : the Official Journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53 44.4 (July 2015): 551-558. Full Text

Goldman, EE, Bauer, D, Newman, DL, Kalka, E, Lochman, JE, Silverman, WK, Jensen, PS, Curry, J, Stark, K, Wells, KC, Bannon, WM, and Integrated Psychotheraphy Consortium, . "A school-based post-Katrina therapeutic intervention." Administration and policy in mental health 42.3 (May 2015): 363-372. Full Text


Lochman, JE, Curry, JF, Dane, H, and Ellis, M. "The anger coping program: An empirically-supported treatment for aggressive children." Innovative Mental Health Interventions for Children: Programs that Work. January 1, 2014. 63-73. Full Text

Fairbank, JA, Booth, SR, and Curry, JF. "Integrated Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Substance Abuse." Community Treatment for Youth: Evidence-Based Interventions for Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. January 1, 2009. Full Text

Meyer, A, and Curry, JF. "Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Youth Depression." Cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: A casebook for clinical practice. Ed. PC Kendall. (Chapter)

Selected Grants

Auditory Perception and Emotion Recognition in Young People at Risk for Psychosis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Treatment for Teens with Alcohol Abuse and Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

VLZ-MD-21 awarded by Forest Research Institute (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016

Impact of Adolescent Suicide Attempts on Parents awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2015

IPA - John Curry awarded by Veterans Administration Medical Center (Psychologist). 2013 to 2014

IPA - John Curry awarded by Veterans Administration Medical Center (Fellow). 2011 to 2012

Family Based Treatment of Early Childhood OCD awarded by National Institutes of Health (Independent Evaluator). 2007 to 2012

Barriers to Research and Care in Depressed Black Youth awarded by National Institutes of Health (Consultant). 2006 to 2011

Training in Psychological Intervention Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2006 to 2011

SOFTAD awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2010