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What Have We Learned from Studies of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Adolescent Depression and Substance Use

John Curry, PhD
Thursday, December 02, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Curry, PhD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

John F. Curry, PhD, ABPP is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Villanova University and his M.A. and PhD in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of America, after completing internship at Duke. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. His research has focused on understanding and treating adolescent and young adult disorders, particularly depression and substance use disorders. His studies of adolescent depression investigated such cognitive factors as explanatory style and control beliefs. In work with the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Durham VAMC, where he led the Family Interest Group, his studies focused on depression in current-era Veterans, particularly women Veterans. Dr. Curry's treatment research has focused on testing cognitive behavioral interventions for adolescent depression and/or substance use, with a major interest in treating the co-occurrence of these disorders. He has been Principal Investigator for treatment studies funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He was a co-investigator for the multi-site, NIMH-funded Treatment for Adolescents with Depression (TADS) study, and PI of its follow-up study on depression recovery, recurrence, and onset of substance use disorders in young people treated for depression. Dr. Curry engaged in clinical practice throughout his career, involving personality/psychopathology assessment, individual psychotherapy, and parent interventions, in outpatient and inpatient settings. He was a member of the Collaborative Clinical Psychology Program (CCPP) in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, where he had the opportunity to mentor graduate students for 25 years, and to lead the program for almost 15 years.

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