Dr. Drew Curtis of the Angelo State University psychology faculty has been elected president of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), the official American Psychological Association (APA) affiliate for the Southwestern Region of the U.S.
The Southwestern Region includes Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Curtis will begin his three-year term as SWPA president at the conclusion of the organization’s annual convention to be held April 5-7 in Albuquerque, N.M.
As president, Curtis will preside at all meetings of the SWPA Presidents Council and Executive Council, as well as the Annual Business Meeting, and exercise general supervision over the affairs of the SWPA. He has been involved in SWPA since 2005 and is currently a professional representative and the newsletter coordinator, as well as a member of the Undergraduate Presentation Awards Committee and the Finance Committee.
“I am exceedingly grateful to continue serving SWPA and being a part of the association that has been very influential in my professional development,” Curtis said. “My plans for the organization are to continue its trajectory of success by bringing in high quality speakers, representing member interests, fostering financial security, maintaining the value of students and student research, and keeping psychological science as the heart of the mission.”
An ASU faculty member since 2013, Curtis is an assistant professor of psychology and director of ASU’s nationally recognized counseling psychology graduate program. He is also the author of two books:
- “Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies” (2018)
- “Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’” (2016)
His most recent book is designed to provide readers with the fundamental components needed to understand abnormal behavior and to challenge myths. The foundations are a concise version of Curtis’ first book, which is the primary textbook for ASU’s upper-level abnormal psychology course.
In addition to his books, Curtis has been published in various professional journals, including the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, Journal of Relationships Research, North American Journal of Psychology, American Journal of Psychological Research, International Journal of Health Sciences Education and Journal of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University and his doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.