Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor SDSU Behavioral Medicine
Address TBD 6367 Alvarado Court, Suite 300 / San Diego, CA 92120
Graduate Institution

SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Research Description

Dr. McCurley’s research utilizes behavioral economics, implementation science, and community-based participatory methods to develop and evaluate interventions that address social determinants of health (e.g., food and housing insecurity) and reduce disparities in depression and chronic cardiometabolic diseases (e.g., obesity, type 2 diabetes) in Hispanic/Latinx individuals and low-income populations. Dr. McCurley’s current NIH-funded studies involve developing a telehealth intervention to reduce depression and increase physical activity in low-wage hospital service workers and evaluating the implementation of a new Massachusetts state health policy to address food and housing insecurity in Medicaid patients.

Representative Publications
  • McCurley JL, Levy DE, Rimm EB, Gelsomin E, Anderson EM, Sanford JM, Thorndike AN. Association of Worksite Food Purchases and Employees’ Overall Dietary Quality and Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2019; 57(1): 87-94. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.02.020

  • McCurley JL, Gutierrez AP, Bravin J, Schneiderman N, Reina SA, Khambaty T, Castañeda SF, Smoller S, Daviglus ML, O’Brien M, Carnethon M, Isasi CR, Perreira K, Talavera G, Yang M, Gallo LC. Association of social adversity with comorbid diabetes and depression symptoms in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study: A syndemic framework. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2019. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaz009.

  • McCurley JL, Fortmann AL, Gutierrez AP, Gonzalez P, Euyoque J, Clark T, Preciado J, Aamad A, Philis-Tsimikas A, Gallo LC. Pilot test of a culturally appropriate diabetes prevention intervention for at-risk Latina women. Diabetes Educator. 2017; 43(6):631-640. DOI: 10.1177/0145721717738020.


Linda Gallo (SDSU), Anne Thorndike (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School)