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Dr. Drew A. Curtis

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

Assistant Professor
M.S. Program Director, Counseling Psychology
  • Ph.D., (2013) Texas Woman’s University
  • M.A., (2007) Sam Houston State University
  • B.S., (2005) Sam Houston State University
  • Undergraduate: Abnormal Psychology
  • Graduate: Advanced Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychological Assessment

I am primarily interested in the intersections of social psychology and counseling psychology research. My lab focuses on clinical science and deception within therapy and other professional and interpersonal relationships. Some of our work entails evaluating the effectiveness of software on training therapists to recognize emotion and detect deception, investigating the ethics of therapist deception, looking at the impact of deception on the therapeutic relationship, and examining myths in abnormal psychology.

I also have two subordinate lines of social/health psychological research on the topics of Women’s health related to postpartum and perinatal issues, such as the effects of stillbirths and miscarriages, as well as situational factors that influence pedagogical dynamics.

Abnormal Psychology book

Curtis, D. A. & Kelley, L. (2016). Abnormal psychology: Myths of “crazy”. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Curtis, D. A. (2016). Social Cognition: A World of Beliefs. In J. M. Bonds-Raacke (Ed.),Thinking Critically about Social Psychology. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.


*Cargill, J.R., & Curtis, D.A. (2017) Parental Deception: Perceived Effects on Parent-Child Relationships, Journal of Relationships Research, 8. doi: 10.1017/jrr.2017.1

Curtis, D. A. & Hart, C. L. (2015). Does Pinocchio’s nose grow in therapy? Therapists’ attitudes and beliefs toward client deception. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling.

Curtis, D. A. (2015). Patient deception: Nursing professionals’ beliefs and attitudes. Nurse Educator.

Hart, C. L., Curtis, D. A., Williams, N. M., Hathaway, M. D., & Griffith, J. D. (2014). Do as I say, not as I do: Benevolent deception in romantic relationships. Journal of Relationships Research. Vol. 5, e8, p 1–6.

Behimehr, S. N., Curtis, D. A., Curtis, R. L., & Hart, C. L. (2014). Whose problem is it anyway? Perceived healthcare providers’ responsibility in postpartum depression. Journal of Reproductive Medicine. Vol. 59, p 139-144.

Curtis, D. A. & Desforges, D. M. (2013). Less is more: Choice quantity affects conformity. North American Journal of Psychology. Vol. 15, p 89-102.

Curtis, D. A., & Hart, C. L. (2012). Save the Best for Last? Social Psychology Taught in Introductory Psychology Courses. American Journal of Psychological Research, 8:21-30