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, Carrie J., et al. “Depression among military spouses: Demographic, military, and service member psychological health risk factors..” Depress Anxiety, vol. 35, no. 12, Dec. 2018, pp. 1137–44. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/da.22820. Full Text

Curry, J. F., et al. “Development and initial piloting of a measure of post-deployment parenting reintegration experiences.” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, vol. 49, no. 2, Apr. 2018, pp. 159–66. Scopus, doi:10.1037/pro0000185. Full Text

Meyer, Allison E., and John F. Curry. “Pathways from anxiety to stressful events: An expansion of the stress generation hypothesis..” Clin Psychol Rev, vol. 57, Nov. 2017, pp. 93–116. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.08.003. Full Text

Shepherd-Banigan, Megan, et al. “Paternal history of mental illness associated with posttraumatic stress disorder among veterans..” Psychiatry Res, vol. 256, Oct. 2017, pp. 461–68. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.053. Full Text

Curry, J. F., and A. E. Meyer. “Can Less Yield More? Behavioral Activation for Adolescent Depression.” Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, vol. 23, no. 1, Mar. 2016, pp. 62–65. Scopus, doi:10.1111/cpsp.12141. Full Text

Peters, Amy T., et al. “Trajectories of Functioning Into Emerging Adulthood Following Treatment for Adolescent Depression..” J Adolesc Health, vol. 58, no. 3, Mar. 2016, pp. 253–59. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.09.022. Full Text

Rush, Christina C., et al. “Alcohol expectancies and drinking behaviors among college students with disordered eating..” J Am Coll Health, vol. 64, no. 3, 2016, pp. 195–204. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/07448481.2015.1107837. Full Text

Kelley, Michelle L., et al. “Drug use and childhood-, military- and post-military trauma exposure among women and men veterans..” Drug Alcohol Depend, vol. 152, July 2015, pp. 201–08. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.03.038. Full Text

Goldman, Eliot E., et al. “A school-based post-Katrina therapeutic intervention..” Adm Policy Ment Health, vol. 42, no. 3, May 2015, pp. 363–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0576-y. Full Text

Curry, John F. “Good news in the battle against military suicide..” Am J Psychiatry, vol. 172, no. 5, May 2015, pp. 406–07. Pubmed, doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.15020172. Full Text


Lochman, J. E., et al. “The anger coping program: An empirically-supported treatment for aggressive children.” Innovative Mental Health Interventions for Children: Programs That Work, 2014, pp. 63–73. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315786179. Full Text

Fairbank, J. A., et al. “Integrated Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Substance Abuse.” Community Treatment for Youth: Evidence-Based Interventions for Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134575.003.0010. Full Text

Meyer, A., and J. F. Curry. “Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Youth Depression.” Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents: A Casebook for Clinical Practice, edited by P. C. Kendall.

Curry, John. “Evidence-based treatments for adolescent depression.” Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies: Bridging Science and Practice (2nd Edition), edited by Ric G. Steele and Michael C. Roberts.

Selected Grants

IPA - John Curry awarded by (Psychologist). 2019 to 2020

Treatment for Teens with Alcohol Abuse and Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2020

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

VLZ-MD-21 awarded by (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