School of Social Work
School of Social Work
I am most interested in behavioral health integration into primary care settings and believe that this is an innovative new way of providing behavioral health services. Most individuals seek assistance for mental health concerns with their primary care provider first, rather than in a traditional mental health clinic. By integrating behavioral health providers into primary care clinics we give better care to the patients and help primary care providers feel more comfortable treating psychiatric conditions. This model also increases access to services as wait times in primary care are much less and reduces stigma for patients who prefer to not go to a specialty mental health clinic.
I began my career in social work in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, in 2006. I was the first social worker hired by Centenary CARES, now The Bridge, which served meals and provided basic services for hundreds of individuals who were homeless. I continued this work at the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources as the Horizon Club Social Worker at a safe haven for individuals who were homeless. My primary role there was to manage a transitional housing program for individuals who were homeless and had developmental disabilities. When I moved to the Springfield area, I took a position with Mercy Hospital as a Behavioral Health Clinician providing therapy services for patients hospitalized at the Marian Center. Most recently, I have been working as a Behavioral Health Consultant for Burrell Behavioral Health at Jordan Valley Community Health Center. My main role there was to provide behavioral health consultations for patients during their medical appointments.
As part of the School of Social Work, I look forward to working with interdisciplinary groups on the University's different integrated healthcare partnerships.
I am married to Bj Curry, who is a graduate of College of the Ozarks. He recently took a new position as head baseball coach and high school history teacher for Pierce City High School, so my family recently made the move to Pierce City. We have a two-year-old son named Will who is a ball of limitless energy. We are looking forward to being involved in our new communities of Pierce City and Missouri State University!