Dr Guy Curtis
BA (Hons) (Murdoch), PhD (UWA), GCertHE (Deakin)

Senior Lecturer

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University. I have worked as an academic for more than a decade, including positions at three universities. I’ve been a staff member at Murdoch since 2010. I have conducted research in a range of areas of psychology, including organisational psychology, social psychology, emotion, and cross-cultural psychology; and, to date, I am an author more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles. I have taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, where my current focus is on organisational psychology. I also contribute to Murdoch’s Executive Education programs. In the past few years I have won several university teaching awards. In addition, I am a registered psychologist and a member of several professional organisations in psychology.

Teaching area

I currently teach in the Master of Applied Psychology (Organisational), including the units: PSY568 Human Resources and PSY603 Organisational Psychology Practical Placements II. I also coordinate PSY412 Psychology 4th Year Seminars.

Research areas

My primary research interests are organisational and social psychology. My main research focuses are on the connection between information processing and leadership, the influence of anxiety on interpersonal judgments, and academic integrity. My published research includes papers on impression formation; stereotyping; career development; leadership; executive coaching; cross-cultural psychology; social dilemmas; plagiarism; and implicit egotism.

Current projects

Information Processing and Leadership

I am currently undertaking a range of studies that connect information processing and thinking styles with leadership, organisational influencing strategies, and conflict resolution styles.

Interpersonal Judgments

I am continuing to do research that extends my own PhD studies on the influence of anxiety on impression formation and interpersonal judgments.

Academic integrity

With some colleagues in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science, we are investigating the effectiveness of a competency-based academic integrity (referencing and plagiarism) exercise.

Cross-Cultural Psychology

I have established research linkages on projects investigating cultural differences and similarities in personality.

Awards and grants

Teaching Awards

2013

  • Nominee: Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award – ranked in the top 10% of teaching staff based on student surveys.

2012

  • Top 10 nominee (3rd place) for Murdoch University in the Lecturer of the Year awards (www.lectureroftheyear.com.au).
  •  Nominee: Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award – ranked in the top 10% of teaching staff based on student surveys.

2011

Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: “For an effective combination of innovative assessment, evidence-based practice, and inspiring teaching in psychology”.

2010

  • Top 10 nominee (3rd place) for Murdoch University in the Lecturer of the Year awards (www.lectureroftheyear.com.au).
  •  Nominee: Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award – ranked in the top 10% of teaching staff based on student surveys.

2009

  • University of Western Sydney winner in the Lecturer of the Year awards (www.lectureroftheyear.com.au)
  •  University of Western Sydney College of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: “For an outstanding combination of evidence-based practice, high-quality learning resources, inspiring teaching, and innovative assessment in psychology.”

2008

Highly Commended – University of Western Sydney Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Awards – Teaching category.

Events and speaking engagements

Murdoch Executive Education

Since 2010 I have regularly facilitated workshops and sessions within programs for Murdoch Executive Education with a primary focus on psychological aspects of influence, leadership, and conflict management.

 

Professional and community service

Registration and Memberships

  •  Registered Psychologist in Australia
  • International Affiliate of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Member of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists
  • Member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

 

Doctoral and masters supervisions

I am currently supervising and co-supervising students in the D.Psych and PhD and happy to consider supervising candidates for research degrees. Given my significant involvement in the Master of Applied Psychology (Organisational) program, I have supervised, and am supervising, the research of a number of students in this program.

Doctoral Students Supervised to Completion

Andrew Russ (2013). PhD – University of Western Australia. The anxious and the unexpected: Anxiety reduces counter-stereotype, but not stereotype, activation during impression formation. - co-supervised with Vance Locke

Kell Tremayne (2010). PhD – University of Western Sydney. Social value orientation and contextual cues influence co-operation and trustworthiness.

Tom Cerni (2009). PhD – University of Western Sydney. Information-processing and leadership in school principals: Cognitive-experiential Self Theory and transformational leadership.  - co-supervised with Susan Colmar

Publications

Chapters

  • Curtis, G., (2013),Leadership: Power and influence,In: Organisational psychology: Research and professional practice, Tilde University Press, pages 289 - 316.

Journals

  • Cerni, T., Curtis, G., Colmar, S., (2014), Leaders cognitive information-processing systems are related to student learning outcomes, Journal of School Leadership, 24, 2, pages 287 - 310.
  • Timothy Church, A., Katigbak, M., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Curtis, G., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Cabrera, H., Mastor, K., Zhang, H., Shen, J., Locke, K., Alvarez, J., Ching, C., Ortiz, F., Simon, J., (2014), Relating self-concept consistency to hedonic and eudaimonic well-being in eight cultures, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 5, pages 695 - 712.
  • Curtis, G., Gouldthorp, B., Thomas, E., O'Brien, G., Correia, H., (2013), Online academic-integrity mastery training may improve students awareness of, and attitudes toward, plagiarism, Psychology Learning and Teaching, 12, 3, pages 282 - 289.
  • Curtis, G., (2013), Don't be Happy, Worry: Positive Mood,but not Anxiety, Increases Stereotypingin a Mock-Juror Decision-Making Task, Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 20, 5, pages 686 - 699.
  • Curtis, G., Lee, M., (2013), Connecting Cognitive-Experiential Self Theorys information-processing styles with organizational influencing tactics: Rational thinkers are rational persuaders, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Organisational Psychology, 6, e2, pages 1 - 11.
  • Timothy Church, A., Alvarez, J., Katigbak, M., Mastor, K., Cabrera, H., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Zhang, H., Shen, J., Locke, K., Ortiz, F., Curtis, G., Simon, J., Ching, C., Buchanan, A., (2012), Self-concept consistency and short-term stability in eight cultures, Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 5, pages 556 - 570.
  • Timothy Church, A., Katigbak, M., Locke, K., Zhang, H., Shen, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Curtis, G., Cabrera, H., Mastor, K., Alvarez, J., Ortiz, F., Simon, J., Ching, C., (2012), Need Satisfaction and Well-Being: Testing Self-Determination Theory in Eight Cultures, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, , pages 507 - 534.
  • Cerni, T., Curtis, G., Colmar, S., (2012), Cognitive-experiential self theory and conflict-handling styles: Rational and experiential systems are related to the integrating and compromising conflict-handling styles, International Journal of Conflict Management, 23, 4, pages 362 - 381.
  • Curtis, G., Popal, R., (2011), An examination of factors related to plagiarism and a five-year follow-up of plagiarism at an Australian university, International Journal for Educational Integrity, 7, 1, pages 30 - 42.
  • Cerni, T., Curtis, G., Colmar, S., (2010), Increasing transformational leadership by developing leaders' information-processing systems, Journal of Leadership Studies, 4, 3, pages 51 - 65.
  • Cerni, T., Curtis, G., Colmar, S., (2010), Executive coaching can enhance transformational leadership, International Coaching Psychology Review, 5, 1, pages 83 - 87.
  • Cerni, T., Curtis, G., Colmar, S., (2008), Information processing and leadership styles: constructive thinking and transformational leadership, Journal of Leadership Studies, 2, 1, pages 60 - 73.
  • Maxwell, A., Curtis, G., Vardanega, L., (2008), Does culture influence understanding and perceived seriousness of plagiarism?, International Journal for Educational Integrity, 4, 2, pages 25 - 40.
  • Curtis, G., Locke, V., (2007), Anxiety and impression formation: Direct information rather than priming explains affect congruity, Cognition & Emotion, 21, 7, pages 1455 - 1469.
  • Campagna, C., Curtis, G., (2007), So worried I dont know what to be: Anxiety is associated with increased career indecision and reduced career certainty., Australian Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 17, 1, pages 91 - 96.
  • del Prado, A., Katigbak, M., Timothy Church, A., Miramontes, L., Whitty, M., Curtis, G., (2007), Culture, method, and the content of self-concepts: Testing trait, individual-self-primacy, and cultural psychology perspectives., Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 6, pages 1119 - 1160.
  • Maxwell, A., Curtis, G., Vardanega, L., (2006), Plagiarism among Local and Asian Students in Australia, Guidance & Counselling, 21, , pages 210 - 215.
  • Curtis, G., Locke, V., (2005), The effect of anxiety on impression formation: Affect-congruent or stereotypic biases?, British Journal of Social Psychology, 44, , pages 65 - 83.

Conference

  • Curtis, G., Tremayne, K., (2006),Cooperative Behaviour in a Prisoner's Dilemma - A Terror Management Perspective,In: 4th International Biennial SELF Research Conference.

Journal Articles:

Campagna, C. G., & Curtis, G. J. (2007). So worried I don’t know what to be: Anxiety is associated with increased career indecision and reduced career certainty. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 17, 91-96. doi:10.1375/ajgc.17.1.91

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2008). Information processing and leadership styles: Constructive thinking and transformational leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 2, 60-73. doi: 10.1002/jls.20049

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2010). Executive coaching can enhance transformational leadership. International Coaching Psychology Review, 5, 81-85.

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2010). Increasing transformational leadership by developing leaders’ information-processing systems. Journal of Leadership Studies, 4(3), 51-65. doi:10.1002/jls.20177

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2012). Cognitive-experiential self theory and conflict-handling styles: Rational and experiential systems are related to the integrating and compromising conflict-handling styles. International Journal of Conflict Management, 23, 362-381. doi:10.1108/10444061211267263

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2014). Leaders’ cognitive information-processing systems are related to student learning outcomes. Journal of School Leadership, 24, 287-310.

Church, A. T., Anderson-Harumi, C. A., del Prado, A. M., Curtis, G. J, Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Valdez-Medina, J. L., et al. (2008). Culture, cross-role consistency, and adjustment: Testing trait and cultural psychology perspectives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 739-755. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.95.3.739

Church, A. T.,  Alvarez, J. M., Katigbak, M. S., Mastor, K. A., Cabrera, H. F., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Vargas-Flores, J. J., Zhang, H-S., Shen, J., Locke, K. D., Ortiz, F. A. Curtis, G. J., et al. (2012). Self-concept consistency and short-term stability in eight cultures. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 556-570. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2012.06.003

Church, A. T., Katigbak, M. S., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Curtis, G. J., Tanaka-Matsumi, J….Simon, J-Y., R. (2014). Relating self-concept consistency to hedonic and eudaimonic well-being in eight cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, 695-712. doi: 10.1177/0022022114527347

Church, A. T., Katigbak, M. S., Locke, K.D., Zhang, H., Shen, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Curtis, G. J., et al. (2013). Need satisfaction and well-being: Testing self-determination theory in eight cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 507-534. doi:10.1177/0022022112466590

Curtis, G. J. (2013). Don’t be happy, worry: Positive mood, but not anxiety, increases stereotyping in a mock juror decision-making task. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law,  20, 686-699. doi:10.1080/13218719.2012.729019

Curtis, G. J., Gouldthorp, B., Thomas, E. F., O’Brien, G. M., & Correia, H. M. (2013). Online academic-integrity mastery training may improve students’ awareness of, and attitudes toward, plagiarism. Psychology: Learning and Teaching, 12, 282-289. doi:10.2304/plat2013.12.3.282

Curtis, G. J., & Lee, M. H. W. (2013). Connecting cognitive-experiential self theory’s information-processing styles with organizational influencing tactics: Rational thinkers are rational persuaders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Organisational  Psychology, 6, e2 (11 pages).doi:10.1017/orp.2013.2

Curtis, G. J., & Locke, V. (2005). The effect of anxiety on impression formation: Affect-congruent or stereotypic biases? British Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 65-83. doi:10.1348/014466604X23464

Curtis, G. J., & Locke, V. (2007). Anxiety and impression formation: Direct information rather than priming explains affect congruity. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 1455-1469. doi:10.1080/02699930601134000

Curtis, G. J., & Popal, R. (2011). An examination of factors related to plagiarism and a five year follow-up of plagiarism at an Australian university. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 7(1), 30-42.

del Prado, A. M., Katigbak, M. S. Church, A. T., Miramontes, L. G., Whitty, M. Curtis, G. J., et al. (2007). Culture, method, and the content of self-concepts: Testing trait, individual-self-primacy, and cultural psychology perspectives. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 1119-1160. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2007.02.002

Kocan, S. E., & Curtis, G. J. (2009). Close encounters of the initial kind: Implicit self-esteem, name-letter similarity, and social distance. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 31, 17-23. doi:10.1080/01973530802659752

Maxwell, A. J., Curtis, G. J., & Vardanega, L. (2006). Plagiarism among local and Asian students in Australia. Guidance & Counselling, 21, 210-215.

Maxwell, A. J., Curtis, G. J., & Vardanega, L. (2008). Does culture influence understanding and perceived seriousness of plagiarism? International Journal for Educational Integrity, 4(2), 25-40.

Refereed Papers Published in Conference Proceedings:

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2013).  Information-processing and leadership: An introductory review and the Cognitive Leadership Model (CLM). Proceeding of: The International Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance, Bangkok, Thailand, (pp. 34-40). ISBN: 978-1-909507-00-5

Tremayne, K. & Curtis, G. (2006). Cooperative behaviour in a prisoners’ dilemma – a terror management perspective. Proceeding of: Self-concept, Motivation, Social and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, 4th International Biennial SELF Research Conference, Ann Arbor, USA. ISBN: 1741081483.

Book Chapters

Curtis, G. J. (2013). Leadership: Power and influence. In A. Sarris & N. Kirby (Eds).  Organisational psychology: Research and professional practice (pp. 289-316). Tilde University Press.

Textbook Contributions

 Curtis, G. (2009). One step further: Integrating emotions with other disciplines in psychology: Anxiety and social perception. In D. Western, L. Burton, & R. Kowalski. Psychology: Australian and New Zealand edition (2nd ed., pp 406-407). Milton, Aust: Wiley.

Curtis, G. (2011). One step further: The strange world of implicit egotism: Unconscious self-regarding emotions and behaviour with others. In D. Western, L. Burton, & R. Kowalski. Psychology: Australian and New Zealand edition (3rd ed, pp. 403-404). Milton, Aust: Wiley.

Conference Presentations:

Anderson-Harumi, C. A. Church, A. T., Del Prado A. M, Curtis, G., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Valdez-Medina J. L, et al. (2007). Cross-role trait consistency and adjustment: A six culture study. Contribution to the symposium: Trait and cultural psychology perspectives in cross-cultural personality research. A. T. Church (Chair), presented at the IV Latin American Regional Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Mexico City, Mexico.

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2010). Cognitive-experiential self theory and conflict-handling styles. Paper presented to the 27th International Conference of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2009). Changing leaders’ information-processing systems enhances transformational leadership. Paper presented to the 2nd European Coaching Psychology Conference, London, UK.

 Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2006). If you want to be a good leader, how you think is important. Paper presented at Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.

Church, A. T., Alvarez, J. M., Katigbak, M. S., Mastor, K. A., Cabrera,  H. F., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Zhang, H., Shen, J., Locke, K. D., Ortiz, F. A., Curtis, G. J., Simon, J-Y., Ching, C. M., & Buchanan, A. (2012). Trait consistency, within-individual variability,  and well-being: Integrating structure and process approaches in eight cultures. Contribution to the invited symposium Personality and culture: Some new insights. Jerome Rossier & Antonio Terracciano (Co-Chairs), presented at the 16th European Conference on Personality, Trieste, Italy.

Church, A. T., Alvarez, J. M., Katigbak, M. S., Mastor, K. A., Cabrera, H. F., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Zhang, H., Shen, J., Locke, K. D., Ortiz, F. A., Curtis, G. J., Simon, J-Y., Ching, C. M., & Buchanan, A. (2012). Trait consistency, within-individual variability, and well-being: Integrating structure and process approaches in eight cultures. Contribution to the invited symposium Culture and  Personality, Fons J. R. van de Vijver (Chair), presented at Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Curtis, G. (2010). Psychological implications of negative stereotyping on Indigenous Australians both before entering the workplace and during employment. Paper Presented to the 4th Indigenous Recruitment and Training Summit, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G. (2004). Cognition and affect. Symposium Presented to the 34th Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Auckland New Zealand.

Curtis, G., &  Cerni, T. (2013). An extension of the cognitive leadership model. Paper presented to the 10th Biennial Australian Psychological Society Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., Gouldthorp, B., Thomas, E., & O’Brien, G. (2011). An online competency based referencing training and plagiarism awareness task. Paper Presented to the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., & Lees, C. (2010). Inaccurate but not biased: Anxiety reduces global recognition accuracy, but does not increase the own-race bias. Paper Presented to the 40th Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Perth Australia.

 Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2004). Anxiety-related stereotypic biases in impression formation: Is it memory not judgments? Paper Presented to 34th Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Auckland New Zealand.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2003). Comparing priming and attributional explanations of anxiety-congruent impression formation. Paper Presented to the 33rd Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Bondi Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2001). We know what you’re thinking and it may not be much: How anxiety influences impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

 Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2000). The effect of anxiety on impression formation. Paper Presented to the 30th Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Fremantle Australia.

 Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (2000). Encoding and person memory: Investigating anxious-mood-congruent impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G., & Locke, V. (1999). The effect of anxiety on impression formation. Paper Presented to the University of Western Australia Psychology Department Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.

Curtis, G. J., White, F. A. Church, A. T., Anderson-Harumi, C. A., del Prado, A. M., Tanaka-Matsuma, J., et al. (2007). Cross-role consistency of traits, and psychological adjustment in Australia and five other cultures: Comparing trait and cultural psychology perspectives. Paper Presented to 6th the Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Sydney, Australia.

Del Prado, A. M., Katigbak, M. S., Church, A. T., Whitty, M., Curtis, G., Vargas-Flores, J., et al. (2006). Culture, method, and self-concept: Testing elements of an integrated cultural trait psychology. Contribution to the symposium Trait and cultural psychology perspectives in cross-cultural personality research. A. T. Church (Chair), presented at the 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Tremayne, K. & Curtis, G. (2010). The effect of immediacy and expectations: In anonymous situations, proselfs keep more money in response to their partners’ selfish expectations. Paper Presented to the 40th Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Perth Australia.

Tremayne, K. & Curtis, G. (2006). Cooperative behaviour in a prisoners’ dilemma – a terror management perspective. Presented at the Self-concept, Motivation, Social and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, 4th International Biennial SELF Research Conference, Ann Arbor, USA.

Tremayne, K. & Curtis, G. (2006). Social values and mortality salience in a prisoner’s dilemma: Charles Dickens may have been wrong about Scrooge. Paper Presented to the 36th Conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, Canberra, Australia.

Posters:

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2007). Information-processing and leadership in school principals: Constructive thinking and transformational leadership. Poster presented to the Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Sydney, Australia.

Cerni, T., Curtis, G. J., & Colmar, S. H. (2007). Information-processing and leadership in school principals: Constructive thinking and transformational leadership. Poster presented to the 7th Australian Organisational Psychology Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Church, A.T., Katigbak, M. S., Locke, K.D., Zhang, H., Shen, J., Vargas-Flores, J., Ibanez-Reyes, J., Tanaka-Matsumi, J., Curtis, G. J., Cabrera, H. F., Mastor, K. A., Alvarez, J. M., Ortiz, F. A..Simon, J-Y.., Ching, C. M. (2012, August). Need satisfaction and well-being: Testing self-determination theory in eight cultures. Poster presented at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL, August 2-5, 2012.

Thomson, R., & Curtis, G. (2009). An institutional approach to standards-based assessment: Evaluating early-stage implementation. Poster presented to the Australian Technology Network Assessment Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Tremayne, K, & Curtis, G. (2008). To tell or not to tell? The role of expectations on the trustworthiness of prosocial and proself participants. 6th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, USA.

Magazine Articles:

 Curtis, G. (2007). SMS = stupid message services. The Skeptic, 27(1), 13-17.

 Curtis, G. (2004). Newspaper horoscopes: Who wants them? The Skeptic, 24(2), 50-53.

 Curtis, G. (1999). Why people complain about a fully rebateable $25 doctor’s bill but don’t mind paying $60 to see a naturopath. The Skeptic, 19(2), 13-16.

Curtis, G. (1998). How should we challenge the charlatans? The Skeptic, 18(4), 37-39.

Reports:

 Curtis, G. (2004). Report on 10 years’ executive coaching data from Hewsons Australia. University of Western Sydney, Sydney NSW.  

Hartley, L., Horberry, T., Martin, G., Hastings, S., Curtis, G., & Genetti, A. (2000). Scoping and costing study for the development and implementation of a driver re-education program for Western Australia. Institute for Research in Safety and Transport. Murdoch University, Perth Western Australia.