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Faculty Webpage: Dr. Kelly Curtis

 

Assistant Professor of Psychology
(336) 841-9569
kcurtis0@highpoint.edu

 

Education:

Ph.D.   2012    University of New Orleans

Applied Biopsychology, Clinical Neuropsychology

Dissertation: A multigroup analysis of the psychological factors contributing to persisting attention problems in mild traumatic brain injury and chronic pain

 M.S.    2005    University of New Orleans

Applied Biopsychology

Thesis: Attention and memory dysfunction in pain patients while controlling for effort on the California Verbal Learning Test II

 B.S.     2000   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Psychology

 

Research Interests:

My main research interest focuses on identifying the psychosocial factors that contribute to a “failure to recover” after injury or illness. Specifically, I have focused on examining symptom exaggeration, performance validity, and malingering on measures of neuropsychological and psychological functioning in traumatic brain injury and chronic pain populations. Currently, my focus of research has moved toward looking at the specific psychological factors (e.g., somatization, anxiety, and depression) that contribute to persisting cognitive problems (e.g., working memory and processing speed) in these populations. In the future, I will continue to examine the relationship between psychosocial factors and chronic illness or disease.

 

Awards/Recognitions:

2008        Andrew S. Wensel Distinguished Graduate Student,

University of New Orleans

2007        Certificate of Commendation, Andrew S. Wensel Distinguished Graduate Student

University of New Orleans

2006        Louisiana Board of Regents Travel Award, University of New Orleans

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Publications:

Thompson, L.K., Curtis, K.L., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (2011). Memory in traumatic brain injury: The effects of injury severity and effort on the Wechsler Memory Scale-III. Journal of Neuropsychology, 5,114-125.

 

Curtis, K.L., Greve, K.W., Brasseux, R., & Bianchini, K.J. (2010). Criterion groups validation of the Seashore Rhythm Test and Speech Sounds Perception Test for the detection of malingering in traumatic brain injury. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 882-897.

 

Greve, K.G., Bianchini, K.J., Etherton, J.L., Meyers, J.E., Curtis, K.L., & Ord, J. (2010). The Reliable Digit Span Test in chronic pain: Classification accuracy in detecting Malingered Pain-Related Disability. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 137-152.

 

Curtis, K.L., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (2009). The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – III and malingering in traumatic brain injury: Classification accuracy in known groups. Assessment, 16, 401-414.

 

Greve, K. W., Etherton, J. L., Ord, J., Bianchini, K. J., & Curtis, K. L. (2009). Detecting Malingered Pain-Related Disability: Classification Accuracy of the Test of Memory Malingering. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23, 1250-1271.

 

Greve, K.W., Curtis, K.L., Bianchini, K.J., & Ord, J. (2009). The original and second editions of the California Verbal Learning Test are not equally accurate in detecting malingering. Assessment, 16, 237-248.

 

Greve, K.W., Ord, J.S., Bianchini, K.J., & Curtis, K.L. (2009). The prevalence of malingering in chronic pain patients referred for psychological evaluation in a medico-legal context. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 90, 1117-1126.

 

Greve, K. W., Bianchini, K. J., Etherton, J. L., Ord, J. S., & Curtis, K. L. (2009). Detecting Malingered Pain-Related Disability: Classification accuracy of the Portland Digit Recognition Test. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23, 850-869.

 

Greve, K. W., Ord, J., Curtis, K. L., Bianchini, K. J.,& Brennan, A. (2008). Detecting malingering in traumatic brain injury and chronic pain: A comparison of three forcedchoice symptom validity tests. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 22, 896-918.

 

Curtis, K.L., Thompson, L.K., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (2008). Verbal fluency indicators of malingering in traumatic brain injury: Classification accuracy in known groups. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 22, 930-945.

 

Greve, K.W., Curtis, K.L., & Bianchini, K.J. (2007). Diogenes syndrome: A five-year followup. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22, 1-2.

 

Bianchini, K.J., Curtis, K.L., & Greve, K.W. (2006). Compensation and malingering in TBI: A dose-response relationship? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 20, 831-847.

 

Curtis, K.L., Greve, K.W., Bianchini, K.J., & Brennan, A. (2006). California Verbal Learning Test indicators of Malingered Neurocognitive Dysfunction: Sensitivity and specificity in traumatic brain injury. Assessment, 13, 46-61.

 

Greve, K. W., Curtis, K. L., & Bianchini, K. J. (2005). Response to van Alphen and Engalan regarding the diagnosis of personality disorder in the elderly. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20, 190.

 

Greve, K. W., Curtis, K. L., Bianchini, K. J., & Collins, B. T. (2004). Personality Disorder masquerading as dementia: A case of apparent Diogenes Syndrome. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19, 703-705.

 

Bianchini, K.J., Curtis, K.L., & Greve, K.W. (2013). Cognitive performance validity assessment in mild traumatic brain injury, physical pain, and posttraumatic stress. In D. Carone & S. Bush (Eds.). Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Symptom Validity Assessment and Malingering. Springer Publishing Company, LLC: New York, NY.

 

Greve, K.W., Curtis, K.L., & Bianchini, K.J. (in press). Symptom validity testing: A summary of recent research. In S. Koffler, I.S. Barron, J. Morgan, & M. Greiffenstein (Eds.). Neuropsychology Science and Practice, 1.

 

Manuscripts under Review or in Preparation:

Curtis, K.L., Brasseux, R., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (in preparation). Criterion groups validation of the Boston Naming Test for the detection of malingering in traumatic brain injury.

 

Presentations and other Professional Activities:

Curtis, K.L., Brasseux, R., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (February, 2009). Classification Accuracy of the Seashore Rhythm Test and Speech Sounds Perception Test to Malingering in Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 Supplement 1, 238. Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Curtis, K.L., Brasseux, R., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (February, 2008). Classification Accuracy of Finger Tapping and Grooved Pegboard Indicators to Malingering in Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14 Supplement 1, 139. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

 

Ord, J., Greve, K.W., Bianchini, K.J., & Curtis, K.L. (February, 2007). Prevalence of malingering in chronic pain: A comparison of two diagnostic systems. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 Supplement 1, 194-195. A poster presented at the 35th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Portland, Oregon.

 

Greve, K.W., Curtis, K.L., Bianchini, K.J., & Ord. J. (February, 2007). A comparison of malingering indicators derived from the original and second edition of the California Verbal Learning Test. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 Supplement 1, 192. A poster presented at the 35th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Portland, Oregon.

 

Greve, K.W., Bianchini, K.J., Curtis, K.L., & Heinly, M. (October, 2006). Detection of malingering in chronic pain: A known-groups comparison of three forced-choice symptom validity tests. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21, 547. A poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Antonio, Texas.

 

Curtis, K.L., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (October, 2006). Attention and memory dysfunction in pain patients while controlling for effort on the California Verbal Learning Test –II. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21, 544-545. A poster presented at the 26th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, San Antonio, Texas.

 

Curtis, K.L., Heinly, M., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (October, 2005). Sensitivity and Specificity of WAIS-3 indicators to Malingered Neurocognitive Dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20, 888-889. A poster presented at the 25th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Tampa, Florida.

 

Brasseux, R., Curtis, K.L., Springer, S., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (October, 2005). Sensitivity and Specificity of TMT indicators to Malingered Neurocognitive Dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 201, 888. A poster presented at the 25th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Tampa, FL.

 

Thompson, L., Curtis, K.L., Greve, K.W., & Bianchini, K.J. (October, 2005). Sensitivity and Specificity of COWAT indicators to Malingered Neurocognitive Dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20, 887-888. A poster presented at the 25th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Tampa, Florida.

 

Curtis, K., Greve, K., Brasseux, R., Bianchini, K., Thompson, L., & Brennan, A. (November, 2004). Sensitivity and Specificity of CVLT indicators to Malingered Neurocognitive Dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19, 856-857. A poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Seattle, Washington.

 

Greve, K., Bianchini, K., Love, J., Heinly, M., Doane, B., Curtis, K., Uribe, E., Thompson, L., & Brasseux, R. (November, 2004). Sensitivity and Specificity of MMPI-2 Validity Scales and Indicators to Malingered Neurocognitive Dysfunction in traumatic brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19, 861. A poster to be presented at the 24th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Seattle, Washington.

 

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Psychology
Biopsychology
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Lifespan Development
Physiological Psychology
Statistics
Research Methods
Measurement of Intelligence (Graduate)

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