ASU psychology professor takes regional leadership position

ASU psychology professor takes regional leadership position

SAN ANGELO, Texas – An executive officer position with the Southwestern Psychological Association was recently filled by Dr. Drew Curtis, a psychology professor at Angelo State University.

According to Angelo State, Curtis will work under the direction of the SWPA president and executive council to conduct the collaborative activities and manage and guide various issues and personnel during his three-year term of office. Some of his duties in this position include managing organizational documents and statutes, attending board meetings, organizing annual conferences, selecting conference venues, and providing advice to the president and the presidential council. Curtis was previously chairman of SWPA.

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


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

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

Angelo State Shares Curtis has done more besides publishing his own 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 has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University and his doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.

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