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Susan McCurry PhD

Research Professor
Vice Chair of Research
Adjunct Research Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Affiliate Investigator, Group Health Research Institute

I am a clinical psychologist specializing in gerontology and geriatrics, and have been involved in research and clinical practice with older adults for over 25 years. I received my PhD at University of Nevada Reno, where I was trained in contextual behavioral science. As part of the School of Nursing Northwest Research Group on Aging team, I have since 1991 worked to help develop, systematically evaluate, and translate nonpharmacological interventions to improve quality of life for persons with cognitive impairment. My ongoing research includes (1) assessment and treatment of sleep disturbances in older adults with co-morbid medical conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, and menopausal vasomotor symptoms; (2) development and evaluation of training programs for family and professional staff caring for persons with dementia; and (3) examination of the environmental, behavioral, and psychosocial factors associated with successful aging and cognitive decline.



  • BA, Pomona College, 1974
  • MS, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 1977
  • MS, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 1984
  • PhD, University of Nevada-Reno, 1991

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Psychosocial and Community Health

Research Areas

  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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