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Psychology Prof to Lead Area Psychological Association

March 19, 2021

  • Dr. Drew Curtis (left) working with some of his counseling psychology students

Dr. Drew Curtis of the Angelo State University psychology faculty has been appointed president-interim of the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas (PAGWT), the area branch of the Texas Psychological Association.

In that position, Curtis will serve the PAGWT’s executive committee and its membership of licensed psychologists through a commitment to promote excellence in the practice of psychology. He succeeds fellow ASU psychology faculty member, Dr. Sangeeta Singg, who was recently appointed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Dr. Drew Curtis Dr. Drew Curtis“It is a great honor and privilege to serve the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas and to continue ASU’s tradition of leadership in the organization,” Curtis said. “I welcome the opportunity to serve the excellent licensed psychologists and River Crest Hospital, who are working diligently to meet the mental health needs of San Angelo and surrounding areas.”

“Serving PAGWT is also an opportunity to develop relationships for our counseling psychology graduate students and to model the importance of collaboration, consultation and continuing education among mental health practitioners.”

Curtis has also received some international attention for a research article he co-authored titled “Pathological Lying: Theoretical and Empirical Support for a Diagnostic Entity.” He has been interviewed for stories in Italy’s La Repubblica national newspaper and the science podcast “Naruhodo” in Spain. The research article has also been featured in various industry journals, including Psychology Today, Psych News Daily and Flourishing Life, and has led to two book contracts with the American Psychological Association.

“The article has received attention,” Curtis said, “largely because it is a first of its kind to conduct a large-scale, theory-driven, empirically supported study that corroborates the existence of pathological lying, which has not yet been formally recognized within the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ or the ‘International Classification of Diseases.’ Our work could be instrumental in moving toward formally recognizing pathological lying as a distinct disorder, which will aid in research of its treatment.”

An ASU faculty member since 2013, Curtis is an associate professor of psychology, director of ASU’s nationally recognized counseling psychology graduate program, and president of the Southwestern Psychological Association. He is also the author of two books:

In addition to his books, Curtis has been published in a wide variety of 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, Journal of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, and others. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University and his doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.