Full Name
Dr. Sheryl McCurdy
Job Title
University of Texas Houston Health Science Center
Speaker Bio
Dr. McCurdy is Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, UTHealth Houston. Since 2003, her work has focused on opioid use, harm reduction and recovery. Her global leadership with colleagues at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania led to the first public medically assisted therapy clinic on the African continent. There are now eight MAT clinics in Tanzania serving over 7,000 people in recovery. She served as an expert group member supporting the work of the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) on a model drug law for West African countries and is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Drug Policy. Her current projects include: 1) a State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission contract to open and evaluate MAT recovery homes across Texas for persons recovering from an opioid use disorder; 2) an National Science Foundation cultural anthropology senior scholar award examining heroin care networks in Tanzania; and 3) two HRSA-funded projects to increase the number of Recovery Support Specialists in rural Texas and along the Texas-Mexico border and to evaluate the effectiveness of an online training curriculum. Her over 100 publications are in public health, medical and African Studies peer-reviewed journals and books.
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