Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Behavioral Medicine


Linda Gallo, PhD



Phone Number

(678) 986-5015

Research Interests

Jessica’s research focuses on the relationships of psychosocial, cultural, and behavioral factors with risk and outcomes in chronic cardiometabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Jessica is particularly interested in addressing ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in these diseases, reducing disease risk in immigrants, refugees, and other undeserved populations, and developing low-cost, community-based, culturally appropriate health interventions.

Representative Publications
  • McCurley, J. L., Penedo, F., Roesch, S. C., Isasi, C. R., Carnathon, M., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Schneiderman, N., Gonzalez, P., Chirinos, D. A., Camacho, A., Teng, Y., Gallo, L. C. (2017). Socioeconomic status, psychosocial factors, and cardiometabolic risk in the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Epublished ahead of print. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-016-9871-z

  • McCurley, J. L., Gutierrez, A. P., Gallo, L. C. (2016). Culturally tailored lifestyle interventions for prevention of type 2 diabetes in Hispanics: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Epublished ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.10.028.

  • McCurley, J. L., Mills, P. J., Roesch, S. C., Carnathon, M., Espinoza, R. A., Isasi, C. R., Teng, Y., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Llabre, M. M., Penedo, F. J., Schneiderman, N., Gallo, L. C. (2015). Chronic Stress and Glucose Regulation in US Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Psychophysiology. 52(8):1071-9. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12430.

  • Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. 2016 – 2017.
  • Integrated Cardiovascular Epidemiology Fellowship (Predoctoral), National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego: T32 HL079891-06. 2013-2017.
  • “GloCal” Fogarty Global Health Fellowship, Fogarty International Center/National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the University of California Global Health Institute: R25 TW009343, 2015-2016. Project Title: Primary Care Diabetes Prevention in an HIV Endemic Community in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Emerging Psychologist Award, International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan, 2016.
  • Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Scholar Award, 2016.
  • Migration and Health Research Program (“PIMSA”) Dissertation Grant, Health Initiative of the Americas, UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Project Title: Primary Care Diabetes Prevention in an HIV Endemic Community in Tijuana, Mexico, 2015.
  • Trainee Champion of Diversity Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 2015
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Jessica McCurley CV