Dr. Russell C. Curtis

Clinical Mental Health Program Coordinator
Department of Human Services

Phone: 828-227-7310
Email: Curtis@email.wcu.edu

Research Interests:
Positive Psychotherapy, Integrated Care and Common Therapeutic Factors

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  • 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, Ph.D. 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

Instructional Videos:

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 of women
                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.


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