Department of Human Services
Clinical Mental Health Program Coordinator
Office Address: Killian 206C
Positive Psychotherapy, Positive Behavioral Support, Integrated Primary Health Care, Postpartum Mood Disorders, Complementary and Alternative Healing Strategies.
- Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC Greensboro, 2000
- MHDL, UNC Charlotte, 1993
- B.A. Business Management, North Carolina State University, 1988
Russ Curtis, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and associate professor of counseling at Western Carolina University where he serves as the coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Russ worked in a community mental health center where he coordinated with medical providers to ensure optimal care for at-risk clients with co-morbid mental and physical illnesses. Dr. Curtis is co-editor of the book Integrated Care: Applying Theory to Practice, and producer of the instructional video, Integrated Care in Action, both of which were published in March 2012 by Routledge/Taylor-Francis. He also co-created the instructional video, Positive Psychotherapy: Helping People Thrive, which was published by Microtraining an imprint of Alexander Street Press in 2013.
2012 Taft B. Botner Superior Teaching Award
2011 Dean’s Research Award
Curtis, R., & Goetz, K. (Microtraining an imprint of Alexander Street Press, 2013). Positive Psychotherapy: Helping People Thrive [DVD]. Available from https://www.academicvideostore.com/video/positive-psychotherapy-helping-people-thrive
Curtis, R., & Christian, E. (Routledge, 2012). Integrated Care in Action [DVD]. Available from http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415891325/
Curtis, R., & Christian, E. (Eds). (2012). Integrated Care: Applying Theory to Practice. New York: Routledge.
Book Chapters (Invited):
Dougherty, A.M., Curtis, R., & Robertson, P. (2013). Managing role conflict in school counseling. In B. Herlihy
and G. Corey,
Boundary issues in counseling: Multiple roles and responsibilities. (3rd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ACA.
Curtis, R., & Van Horne, J. W. (2014). School-wide consultation to implement a positive
behavioral support program.
In A. M. Dougherty (Ed., 6th ed.), Casebook of Psychological consultation and collaboration in school and
community settings (pp. 154-173). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. (30% revised from 5th ed.).
*Curtis, R. (2014). Consultation for school consultants. In A. M. Dougherty (Ed.,
6th ed.), Psychological consultation and
collaboration in school and community settings (p. 302). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. *Case study.
Curtis, R., & Van Horne, J. W. (2009). School-wide consultation to implement a positive
behavioral support program.
In A. M. Dougherty (Ed., 5th ed.), Casebook of Psychological consultation and collaboration in school and
community settings (pp. 138-148). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Refereed Journal Articles:
Curtis, R., Thompson, H., & Junhke, G., & Frick, M. (2014). Counselor-client treatment
fit: A description, and demonstration via
video link, of a brief and functional treatment fit model. The Professional Counselor, 3(1), 141-151.
Robertson, P., Curtis, R., Lasher, R., Jacques, S. & Tom, S. (2013). Experiences of postpartum mood disorders
with more than one child. The Family Journal, 21 (4), 437-444. doi: 10.1177/1066480713491068
Thompson, H., Robertson, P., Curtis, R., & Frick, M. (2013). Students with anxiety: Implications for professional school counselors.
The Professional Journal of School Counseling, 16(4), 237-249.
Curtis, R., Van Horne, J. W., Robertson, P., & Karvonen, M. (2010). Outcomes of school-wide positive behavioral support program. Professional School Counseling, 13(3), 159-163.
Curtis, R., & Robertson, P. (2010). Prayer and meditation: A review of research. Counseling and Values, 28(2), 11-32.
Curtis, R. C., Robertson, P., Forst, A., & Bradford, C. (2007). Postpartum mood disorders: Results of an online survey. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 7, 203-210.
Curtis, R.C., Garrett, M.T., Forst, A., & Looney, R. (2006). Revisiting Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from a Transpersonal perspective: A case for using complementary strategies. The Journal for the Professional Counselor, 21, 61-72.
Curtis, R., Zeh, D., Miller, M., & Rich, S. C. (2006). Examining the validity of a computerized chakra measuring instrument: A pilot study. Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, 15, 209-223.
Curtis, R.C., Sherlock, J. (2006). Wearing two hats: Counselors working as managerial leaders in agencies and schools. Journal of Counseling & Development, 84, 120-126.
Glass, J. S., Curtis, R., & Thomas, G. M. (2005). Tuning in while growing up: Messages adolescents receive from popular music regarding relationships. Journal of School Counseling, 3. http://www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v3n7.pdf.
Aitken, J. B., Curtis, R. (2004). Integrated health care: Improving client care while providing opportunities for mental health counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 26, 321-331.
Curtis, R.C., Kimball, A, & Stroup, E. (2004). Understanding and treating social phobia. Journal of Counseling & Development, 82, 3-9.
Curtis, R. C., Miles, M., & Glass, J. S. (2003). Counselling students’ views and concerns about weeping with clients: A pilot study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 3, 300-306.
Juhnke, G. A., Vacc, N. A., Curtis, R. C., Coll, K. M., & Paredes, D. M. (2003). Assessment instruments used by addictions counselors. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 23, 66-72.
Curtis, R., & Juhnke, G. (2003). Counseling the prostate cancer client. Journal of Counseling & Development, 81, 160-167.
Harrison, L., & Curtis, R. (2002). Integrating traditional and non-traditional approaches to treat a client with a co-occurring addictive and mental disorder: A case study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 2, 277-282.
Curtis, R. C., & Glass, J. S. (2002). Spirituality and counseling class: A teaching model. Counseling and Values, 47, 3-12.
Curtis, R. C. (2000). Using goal setting strategies to enrich the practicum and internship experiences of beginning counselors. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 38, 194-205.
Curtis, R. C., & Davis, K. M. (1999). Spirituality and Multimodal Therapy: A practical approach to incorporating spirituality in counseling. Counseling and Values, 43, 199-210.