David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kelly Curtis

Kelly Curtis



Associate Professor of Psychology

(336) 841-9569

217 Couch Hall






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

Courses Taught:

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

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.

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