‘Abnormal’ Angelo State University Psych Professor Takes On Leadership Role

‘Abnormal’ Angelo State University Psych Professor Takes On Leadership Role

SAN ANGELO, TX – Dr. Drew Curtis of Angelo State University’s psychology department has been named executive officer of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), the regional affiliate of the American Psychological Association.

Curtis has been appointed to a three-year term and, under the direction of the SWPA president and executive council, will serve to conduct the business of the company and manage and guide various issues and personnel. His duties include organizing annual conferences, selecting conference venues, administering organizational documents and bylaws, overseeing organizational assurances, attending executive council meetings, and providing advice to the president and presidential council.

“It is a great honor to continue to serve the Southwestern Psychological Association and continue to contribute to its success as its new executive officer,” Curtis said. “SWPA has influenced so many students and professionals. In fact, it was the very first academic conference I attended. I hope to continue the legacy of great leaders who have served SWPA members and have adhered to the mission of promoting and empowering the scientific psychology, professional and educational facets.”


The SWPA serves approximately 1,170 members in nine states: Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Curtis was previously chairman of SWPA.

“This executive officer appointment is also another opportunity to continue developing relationships for our psychology graduate students,” Curtis said, “and to model the importance of collaboration, consultation, and continuing education among mental health practitioners.”

Curtis has been a member of the ASU faculty since 2013 and is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, director of ASU’s nationally recognized counseling psychology graduate programs, and president of the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas. He is also the author of two books:

  • “Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy'” (2020)
  • “Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies” (2018)

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 has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University and his doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.


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