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Russ Curtis, PhD, LCMHC

Russel Curtis


College of Education and Allied Professions

Human Services

Contact Information

Phone: 828.654.6528
Office: 328 Biltmore Park Building
Pronouns: he/him/his


<b>Russ Curtis, Ph.D.</b>, LCMHC is 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 clinical mental health center where he coordinated with medical providers to ensure optimal care for at-risk clients with co-morbid mental and physical illnesses. Russ is co-editor of the book <i>Integrated Care: Applying Theory to Practice</i>, and producer of the instructional video, <i>Integrated Care in Action</i>. He also co-created the instructional video, <i>Positive Psychotherapy: Helping People Thrive</i>. For the past 20 years, Russ has taught and supervised both school and clinical counselors, and has researched and published in areas related to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in schools, treating adolescent anxiety, and increasing growth mindset in students.


  • Ph D, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Counselor Education & Supervision
  • MHDL, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Clinical Counseling
  • BA, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Business Management

Teaching Interests

Dr. Curtis's teaching interests include counseling theories and techniques, testing and assessment, integrated care, and positive psychotherapy.

Research Interests

Curtis, R., Roberts, L., Graves, E., Thompson, H., Wynn, D., Krantz, D., & Weiloch, V. (2020). The role of psychedelics and counseling in mental health treatment. <i>Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 42</i>(4), 323-333.<br><br><br>Masterpeace, a WCU Counseling Wellness & Art Magazine:<br><a href=""></a><br><br>A Multipoint Qualitative Analysis of Group Training: Counseling Student Perspectives and Self-Efficacy<br><a href=""></a><br><br>Coping with Heartbreak:<br><a href=""></a><br><br>Positive Psychotherapy:<br><a href=""></a><br><br>Treatment Fit:<br><a href=""></a><br><br>Curtis, R., & Christian, E. (Routledge, 2012). <i>Integrated Care in Action </i>[DVD]. Available from<br><br>Curtis, R. (YouTube). 80 counseling instructional videos with 1.4 million views in 135 countries. Available from<br><br>Curtis, R., & Goetz, K. (Microtraining an imprint of Alexander Street Press, 2013). <i>Positive Psychotherapy: Helping People Thrive </i>[DVD]. Available from *<b>Selected as an Editor’s Choice.</b>

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