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Jessica McCurley

Ph.D. candidate in psychology, UC San Diego

Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

Research Project: Socio-ecological Correlates of Type 2 Diabetes in a Medically Vulnerable Migrant Community on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Research Interests: migrant health; mental health; behavioral medicine; socio-ecological and psychosocial contributors to health disparities; diabetes; and cardiovascular disease


Jessica McCurley is a Ph.D. candidate in the San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She received a B.A. in cultural anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Georgia. As a doctoral candidate, her research focuses on health disparities and psychosocial aspects of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in migrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

McCurley’s dissertation project explores social factors underlying the high prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in migrant communities in Tijuana. Specifically, her study examines connections between migration, psychological adversity, Type 2 diabetes risk and prevalence, as well as the influence of social support and social isolation on these relationships. The study also explores the relationship of neighborhood environment with diabetes prevalence and whether or not this relationship is mediated by health behaviors such as physical activity and dietary intake.