John F. Curry

John F. Curry

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

External Address: 
2608 Erwin Road Lakeview Pavi, Durham, NC 27705
Internal Office Address: 
Box 3527 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Catholic University of America 1978

  • M.A., Catholic University of America 1972

  • B.A., Villanova University 1970

Selected Grants

IPA - John Curry awarded by Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (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 Forest Research Institute (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016

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

IPA Extension - 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


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 (Submitted).” Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies: Bridging Science and Practice (2nd Edition), edited by Ric G. Steele and Michael C. Roberts.

Curry, John F., et al. “Adaptive Treatment for Youth With Substance Use and Depression: Early Depression Response and Short-term Outcomes.J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, vol. 61, no. 4, Apr. 2022, pp. 508–19. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2021.07.807. Full Text

Liu, Qimin, et al. “Hopelessness and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents: An integrative data analysis.J Abnorm Psychol, vol. 130, no. 6, Aug. 2021, pp. 594–607. Pubmed, doi:10.1037/abn0000667. Full Text

Meyer, Allison E., and John F. Curry. “Moderators of Treatment for Adolescent Depression.J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol, vol. 50, no. 4, July 2021, pp. 486–97. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/15374416.2020.1796683. Full Text

Curry, John F., et al. “Sex differences in predictors of recurrent major depression among current-era military veterans.Psychol Serv, vol. 18, no. 2, May 2021, pp. 275–84. Pubmed, doi:10.1037/ser0000397. Full Text

Doyle, O., et al. “Coping in the Aftermath of Youth's Suicidal Behaviors: A Comparison of Black Mothers and White Mothers.” Family Relations, vol. 70, no. 1, Feb. 2021, pp. 77–89. Scopus, doi:10.1111/fare.12484. Full Text

Goldston, D. B., et al. “Feasibility of an Integrated Treatment Approach for Youth with Depression, Suicide Attempts, and Substance Use Problems.” Evidence Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol. 6, no. 2, Jan. 2021, pp. 155–72. Scopus, doi:10.1080/23794925.2021.1888664. Full Text

Arias, Albert J., et al. “Temporal dynamics of the relationship between change in depressive symptoms and cannabis use in adolescents receiving psychosocial treatment for cannabis use disorder.J Subst Abuse Treat, vol. 117, Oct. 2020, p. 108087. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108087. Full Text

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