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Psych Prof Elected to Regional Executive Council

March 15, 2017

Dr. Drew Curtis of the Angelo State University psychology faculty has been elected to serve as a professional representative on the Executive Council of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA).

As one of eight professional representatives on the Executive Council, Curtis will serve a two-year term that will begin in April. He will participate in Executive Council meetings and the SWPA Annual Business Meeting and will serve as a liaison between the Executive Council and the other professional SWPA members. 

Additionally, Curtis will be counted on to promote the image of SWPA, bring members’ ideas, concerns and questions to the Executive Council, and encourage member participation in the annual convention. 

<strong>Dr. Drew Curtis</strong>Dr. Drew Curtis“I hope to continue serving SWPA and being a part of the association that has been very influential in my professional development,” Curtis said. “My plans are to continue to promote SWPA and represent its members. I hope to be a part of facilitating a great SWPA experience for everyone.” 

An ASU faculty member since August 2013, Curtis is an assistant professor of psychology and director of ASU’s nationally recognized counseling psychology graduate program. A long-time member of SWPA, he previously served as a graduate student representative and on the Finance Committee.

Also an accomplished researcher and writer, Curtis co-authored the textbook, “Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy,’” that is the primary textbook for ASU’s upper-level abnormal psychology courses. He has also been published in various psychology journals, including the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, Journal of Relationships Research, North American Journal of Psychology and American Journal of Psychological Research. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University and his doctorate from Texas Woman’s University. 

Formed in 1953, the SWPA includes professional psychologists and student members in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Its mission is to promote and strengthen the field of psychology’s scientific, professional and educational facets. More details are available at

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