Member Spotlight: Drew A. Curtis
TAA member Drew A. Curtis is an Assistant Professor and Director of the M.S. Counseling Psychology Program at Angelo State University and both a textbook and academic author in the psychology discipline.
His most recent publications include Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’ (2nd ed.). and Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies (in press), both published by Kendall Hunt. Other recent publications include 1 chapter and 8 articles.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am completing a book titled Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies. My two research projects/areas are investigating deception within therapy and other professional settings and exploring myths of abnormal psychology.
Share a recent accomplishment.
I have been recently nominated for the Jane Halonen Teaching Excellence Award. I am also in the final stages of publication for a new book, Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies.
What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
My favorite writing strategy is to commit a block of time for writing without contingencies. I plan a specific amount of time to write regardless of how much I get accomplished; some days I write more and some days less. Exercise does not happen without going to the gym and going to the gym does not mean that you need to run or workout your hardest. However, with me, I find that once I make it to the gym or at the laptop then I get excited to work. Also, rather than feeling compelled to write by starting at the beginning of a document, I like to move around where my ideas take me. After the initial writing gets done, then I go back to clean it up.
What is your best TAA experience so far?
TAA has been extremely welcoming and encouraging. I have quickly become involved and felt my membership is meaningful. My best experience thus far has been in an invitation to collaborate on writing a piece with another member of TAA.