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Drew Curtis, Ph.D.


Department of Psychology

Associate Professor
Director, M.S. Counseling Psychology Program
  • Ph.D., (2013) Texas Woman’s University
  • M.A., (2007) Sam Houston State University
  • B.S., (2005) Sam Houston State University
  • Undergraduate: Abnormal Psychology, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Child Psychology
  • Graduate: Advanced Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Group Therapy, Professional Orientation to Counseling; Social Psychology

Dr. Drew A. Curtis on ResearchGate

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.


Presidential Lies: Panel Discussion on Deception in the Presidential Election


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. & Kelley, L. (2020). Abnormal Psychology: Myths of “Crazy” (3rd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Curtis, D. A. & Kelley, L. (2018). Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt


Curtis, D. A. (2018). Social Cognition: A World of Beliefs. In W. K. Jeter (Ed.), Thinking Critically about Social Psychology. 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.

Selected Articles:

Curtis D.A., Hart C.L. (2020) Pathological Lying: Theoretical and Empirical Support for a Diagnostic Entity.Psychiatric Research & Clinical Practice.

Curtis D.A., Hart C.L. (2019) Deception in psychotherapy: Frequency, typology and relationship.Couns. Psychother Res. 2019;00:110. https ://

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:

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):

Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2020). They key to achieving happiness. Retrieved from

Simmons, K. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2020). Take a deep breath: Road rage and its psychological harm. Retrieved from

Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). Mental Health Awareness Month: Myths of PTSD. Retrieved from

Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). Mental Health Awareness Month: The myths about anxiety. Retrieved from

Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). The misconceptions of depression. Retrieved from

Requiestas, C. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2019). Myths in Mental Health at ASU. Retrieved from

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

Curtis, D. A. (2018). Myths of Crazy. Retrieved from

Bailey, E. (Interviewer) & Curtis, D. A. (Interviewee; 2018). Myths in Mental Health. Retrieved from

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