Geoffrey M. Curran, Ph.D.


Director, Center for Implementation Research
Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine
Research Health Scientist, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


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Research Experience

I trained as a medical sociologist. I began my career looking at the complex etiology of substance use disorders and published several papers on the intersection of social and psychological factors in the development of problem substance use. Later, I became interested in health services research and began to investigate predictors of treatment engagement and outcomes for substance use disorders. In addition to this line of research, I simultaneously developed research interests in the diffusion of innovation in mental health and primary care settings. I have studied and published manuscripts primarily on: 1) adaptation and implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health settings, and 2) the broader area of perceived need, treatment utilization, and outcomes in mental health/substance use disorders. Recently, I have been developing formative evaluation methods for intervention development and research designs for hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials.  NIDA, NIMH, DOD and the VA have funded me to develop and test a range of facilitation strategies designed to support the uptake and sustainment of evidence-based practices.

In 2014, I became Director of the Center for Implementation Research at UAMS, a joint entity between the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine.  The Center is devoted to developing and testing implementation strategies across a wide range of service contexts, assisting with the implementation of practices within UAMS clinics and community practices, and training the next generation of implementation scientists.

Recent Publications

Curran GM, Freeman PR, Martin BC, Teeter BS, Drummond KL, Bradley K, Thannisch MM, Mosley CL, Schoenberg N, Edlund M. “Communication Between Pharmacists and Primary Care Physicians in the Midst of a US Opioid Crisis.” Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2018 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print].

Williams EC, Achtmeyer CE, Young JP, Berger D, Curran G, Bradley KA, Richards J, Siegel MB, Ludman EJ, Lapham GT, Forehand M, Harris AHS. “Barriers to and Facilitators of Alcohol Use Disorder Pharmacotherapy in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study in Five VA Clinics.” J Gen Intern Med. 2018 33(3):258-267. doi:10.1007/s11606-017-4202-z. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29086341.

Freeman PR, Curran GM, Drummond KL, Martin BC, Teeter BS, Bradley K, Schoenberg N, Edlund M. “Utilization of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs for Prescribing and Dispensing Decisions: Results from A Multi-Site Qualitative Study.” In Press. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2018 Sep 14. pii: S1551-411(18)30303-6. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.09.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Landsverk J, Brown CH, Smith JD, Chamberlain P, Curran GM, Palinkas L, Ogihara M, Czaja S, Goldhaber-Fiebert J, Vermeer W, Saldana L, Rolls Reutz J, Horwitz SM, 2018 “Design and Analysis in Dissemination and Implementation Research.” Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice, 2nd Edition, edited by RC Brownson, GA Colditz and EK Proctor. New York: Oxford University Press.

Curran GM, Shoemaker SJ. “Advancing Pharmacy Practice Through Implementation Science.” Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017 Jun 1. pii: S1551-7411(17)30512-0. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.05.018. PMID:28619650

Brown CH, Curran GM, Palinkas LA, Aarons GA, Wells KB, Collins LM, Duan N, Mittman BS, Wallace A, Tabak RG, Ducharme L, Chambers D, Neta G, Wiley T, Landsverk J, Cheunh K, Cruden G. “An Overview of Research and Evaluation Designs for Dissemination and ImplementationAnnual Review of Public Health 2017 38:1, 1-22.  PMID: 28384085

Cucciare MA, Curran GM, Craske M, Abraham T, McCarther MB, Marchant-Miro K, Lindset J, Kauth MR, Landes S, Sullivan G. 2016. “Assessing Fidelity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Rural VA Clinics: Design of a Randomized Implementation Effectiveness (hybrid type III) Trial.”  Implementation Science 11:65. PMCID: PMC4862056

Fortney JC, Curran GM, Hunt JB, Cheney AM, Lu L, Valenstein M, Eisenberg D. 2016. “Prevalence of probable mental disorders and help-seeking behaviors among veteran and non-veteran community college students.” General Hospital Psychiatry 38:99-104. PMCID: PMC5734055

Curran GM, Woo SM, Hepner KA, Lai WP, Kramer TL, Drummond KL, Weingardt K. 2015. “Training Substance Use Disorder Counselors in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: Development and Initial Exploration of an Online Training Program.”  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 58:33-42.  PMID: 26219680

Kirchner JE, Ritchie M, Pitcock JA, Parker LE, Curran GM, Fortney JC. 2014. “Outcomes of a Partnered Facilitation Strategy to Implement Primary Care – Mental Health.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 29(4):904-912. PMCID: PMC4239280

Wright PB, Curran GM, Booth BM, Stewart KS.  2013. “A Qualitative Analysis of Provider Barriers and Solutions to HIV Testing for Substance Users in a Small, Largely Rural Southern State.”  Journal of Rural Health 29(4): 420-431. PMCID: PMC3801273

Fortney JC, Enderle M, McDougall S, Clothier J, Otero J, Altman L, Curran GM. 2012. Implementation Outcomes of Evidence Based Quality Improvement for Depression in Satellite Primary Care Clinics.” Implementation Science 7:30. PMCID: PMC3353178

Curran GM, Bauer M, Mittman B, Pyne JM, Stetler C. 2012. “Effectiveness-Implementation Hybrid Designs: Combining Elements of Clinical Effectiveness and Implementation Research to Enhance Public Health Impact.” Medical Care 50(3):217-226. PMCID: PMC3731143

Curran GM, Sullivan G, Mendel P, Craske MG, Sherbourne CD, Stein MB, McDaniel A, Roy-Byrne P. 2012. “Implementation of the CALM Intervention for Anxiety Disorders: A Qualitative Study.” Implementation Science 7:14.  PMCID: PMC3319426