Barbara Curbow
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1234P
Phone: (301)405-8783 |
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Barbara Curbow, PhD, MA, BA is a social/health psychologist who received her Ph.D. 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.

Education and Training

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


HLTH 325 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 Caregiving. Biological 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 Analysis. JMIR 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 study. American 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 disparities. American Journal of Public Health. Published 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 intervention. Public 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 students. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16, 373-377.

Nightingale, CL, Pomeranz, J, Carnaby, G, & Curbow, B (2014). Quality of life considerations for life care planning. The 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 use. Rev. Fac. Nac. Salud Pùblica, 32, 373-382.