My lab focuses on pathological lying, clinical science, and deception within therapy and other professional and interpersonal relationships. Some of our work entails understanding pathological lying, evaluating the effectiveness of software on training therapists to recognize emotion and detect deception, investigating the ethics of therapist deception, and looking at the impact of deception on the therapeutic relationship.
I have two subordinate lines of research, examining psychomythology related to mental health and topics of women’s health related to postpartum and perinatal issues. My research in psychomythology explores how the influences of movies and media effects beliefs and myths about mental health and stigma. Other research on postpartum depression has aimed to identify the passive roles of screening, recognizing, and referring women who experience postpartum depression and look for ways to improve healthcare practices.
Curtis, D. A., Huang, H.-H.; & Nicks, K. L. (2018). Patient Deception in Health Care: Physical Therapy Education, Beliefs, and Attitudes. International Journal of Health Sciences Education, 5(1). Available at: https://dc.etsu.edu/ijhse/vol5/iss1/4
Curtis, D. A., & Moore, K. (2018). The first day of class: Starting with an activity or syllabus? North American Journal of Psychology, 20 (3), 653-670.
*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.
Media Appearances (selected):
Speaking of Psychology: Can a pathological liar be cured? with Drew Curtis, PhD, and Christian L. Hart, PhD. https://www.apa.org/news/podcasts/speaking-of-psychology/pathological-lying
Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2020). They key to achieving happiness. Retrieved from https://www.myfoxzone.com/article/life/wellness/the-key-to-achieving-happiness/504-635b9c31-81bf-4044-a2ef-692649922b96
Simmons, K. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2020). Take a deep breath: Road rage and its psychological harm. Retrieved from https://www.myfoxzone.com/article/news/road-rage-harm/504-f8cb3e8f-72ae-4f4c-8643-e7af6513d24b
Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). Mental Health Awareness Month: Myths of PTSD. Retrieved from https://www.myfoxzone.com/video/life/wellness/mental-health-awareness-month-myths-of-ptsd/504-6acb3625-71fb-41a9-a29a-7383e01eaf7c
Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). Mental Health Awareness Month: The myths about anxiety. Retrieved from https://www.myfoxzone.com/video/life/wellness/mental-health-awareness-month-the-myths-about-anxiety/504-d4c29a9a-cf03-4198-a58c-5fbc83f2de28
Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). The misconceptions of depression. Retrieved from https://www.myfoxzone.com/video/life/wellness/the-misconceptions-of-depression/504-9af509f2-4ae2-49e5-8737-2f9ef0df0d06
Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). Myths in Mental Health at ASU. Retrieved from https://www.myfoxzone.com/video/life/wellness/myths-of-mental-health-at-asu/504-9e15d520-a87a-4260-8983-9d9bea153e0f
Lozano, A. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). No one is immune to mental health problems, and it’s imperative that we communicate openly about it: Discussing mental health remains as important as ever. Retrieved from https://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/news/local-news/no-one-is-immune-to-mental-health-problems-and-it-s-imperative-that-we-communicate-openly-about-it/1880896488
Curtis,D. A. (2018). Myths of Crazy. Retrieved from http://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/news/video/myths-of-crazy-asu_20180503164746/1157543541
Bailey, E. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2018). Myths in Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/news/video/myths-in-mental-health_20180423220943/1136255855