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Barbara Curbow

Barbara Anne Curbow

Professor, Behavioral and Community Health

Barbara Curbow, PhD, MA, BA is a social/health psychologist who received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 1987-2005, she was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she held appointments in the Departments of Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Sciences and Health, Behavior and Society.  From 2006-2014, she was professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Currently, Dr. Curbow is professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Dr. Curbow’s research interests fall within these general areas:  cancer prevention and control, medical treatment decision-making, health disparities and health communication. Over the course of her career, she has trained over 30 doctoral advisees.


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BA, Political Science

University of California Santa Barbara

MA, Educational Psychology

University of California Santa Barbara

PhD, Social Psychology

University of California Santa Cruz

Postdoctoral fellowship, Social Ecology

University of California Irvine

HLTH325 Poor in America: Health and Well-being

Nightingale, CL, Pereira, DB, Curbow, BA, Wingard, JR, Carnaby, GD.(in press)  Prospective Biopsychosocial Investigation into Head and Neck Cancer CaregivingBiological Research for Nursing.

Nguyen, J, Moorhouse, M, Curbow, B, Christie, J, Walsh-Childers, K, & Islam, S (2016) Construct validity of the eHealth Literacy Scale among two adult populations: A Rasch AnalysisJMIR Public Health and Surveillance.  May 20;2(1):e24.

Nightingale, CL, Pereira, DB, Curbow, BA, Wingard, JR, Carnaby, GD  (2016). Burden, quality of life, and social support in caregivers of patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: a pilot study. Chronic Illness.

King-Marshall, EC; Mueller, N, Dailey, AB, Barnett, TE, George, TD, Jr, Sultan, S &  Curbow, B. (2015) “It’s just another test they want to do”: Patient and Caregiver Understanding of the Colonoscopy Procedure. Patient Education & Counseling, 99, 651-658.

Soule, EK, Barnett, TE, Curbow, BA, Moorhouse, MD, & Weiler, RM (2015). Hookah and alcohol use among young adult hookah smokers: a mixed methods studyAmerican Journal of Health Behavior, 39, 665-673.

Curbow, BA, Dailey, A, King-Marshall, EC, Barnett, TE, Schumacher, J, Sultan, S, & George, TJ, Jr. (2015). Pathways to colonoscopy in the South: Seeds of health disparitiesAmerican Journal of Public HealthPublished online March 2015.

King, J. L., Pomeranz, J. L., Barnett, T. E., King-Marshall, E., Nguyen, J., & Curbow, B. (2015). Poor health among smokers obtaining colonoscopy screening: Making the case for cessation interventionPublic Health. Published online March 11, 2015.

Barnett, TE, Forrest, J, Porter, L, & Curbow, BA (2014). A multi-year assessment  of hookah use prevalence among Florida high school studentsNicotine & Tobacco Research16, 373-377.

Nightingale, CL, Pomeranz, J, Carnaby, G, & Curbow, B (2014). Quality of life considerations for life care planningThe Rehabilitation Professional, 22 (133-139).

Polanco, Y, Salazar, JC, & Curbow, B (2014). A quantitative analysis of Columbian campesinos’ use of pesticides: perceived control and confidence in this useRev. Fac. Nac. Salud Pùblica, 32, 373-382.