Faculty Profile: Devorah Ferraro Curtis

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Devorah Ferraro Curtis

School: Mind-Body Medicine

Bio:
Devorah Curtis, Ph.D., serves as the Director of Mentoring and MS Program Director in the School of Mind-Body Medicine. Dr. Curtis completed a doctorate and master's degree in psychology from Saybrook University with research in self-determination theory, psychological courage, and life coaching. She is also a board certified coach and clinical pastoral counselor. Dr. Curtis has extensive experience in executive leadership development and assessment; employee engagement, mentoring, wellness consulting; and integrative life coaching.


Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Degrees

2011 - PhD, Psychology, Saybrook University

2007 - MA, Psychology, Saybrook University

1998 - BS, Applied Nutrition; Minor in Biological Science University of Delaware

Certifications/License

2011 - Board Certified Coach (BCC) Credential, Institute for Life Coach Training

2011 - Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, American Association of Christian Counselors

2010 - Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, National Christian Counselors Association

2009 - Licensed 1:1 HeartMath Practitioner, HeartMath Institute

2009 - Certified Practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry in Organizational Development, Corporation for Positive Change

 

 

 

 

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Current Project

Research Study: Enhancing Work Motivation and Retention of Clinical and Academic Nurses

Principle Researchers: Devorah F. Curtis, PhD, BCC and Mary D. Moller, DNP, APRN

 

 

 

 

Current Publications

Moller, M. D., & Curtis, D. F. (2014). Enhancing work motivation and retention of clinical and academic nurses. Manuscript in preparation.

 

 

 

Curtis, D. F., & Kelly, L. L. (2013). Effect of a quality of life coaching intervention on psychological courage and self-determination. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 11(1), 20-38. Retrieved from http://www.business.brookes.ac.uk/research/areas/coachingandmentoring/

 

Kelly, L., & Curtis, D. (2013). A humanistic approach to graduate level academic mentoring. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Curtis, D. (2011). A multiple case study to explore how psychological courage and self-determination influence transformational change. Dissertation Abstracts International, DAI-B 72/07. (AAT 3454075)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant Publications

Curtis, D. F., & Kelly, L. L. (2013). Effect of a quality of life coaching intervention on psychological courage and self-determination. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 11(1), 20-38. Retrieved from http://www.business.brookes.ac.uk/research/areas/coachingandmentoring/‚Äč

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Conference Presentations

Curtis, D. F. (2011, July). A multiple case study to explore how psychological courage and self-determination influence transformational change. Poster session presented at the Second World Congress, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Philadelphia, PA.

 

Moller, M. D., & Curtis, D. F. (2013, October). Enhancing work motivation and retention of clinical and academic nurses. Poster session presented at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. 

Research Interests

Self-Determination Theory

Psychological Courage

Applied Coaching Psychology

 

Research Expertise

 

 

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

Mentor-coach students' academic and professional development:

  • Create teaching and mentor fellow opportunities and supervision 
  • Prepare for coaching certification and business in coaching industry
  • Identify job opportunities and prepare for interviews
  • Assist MS graduate publish her MS project into a book

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods 1

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research 1, 3
Survey Research
Interview Research 1, 2
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography
Focus Groups 1, 2
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry 1, 2, 4
Multiple Case Depth Research 1,3, 5
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Hermeneutics
Grounded Theory 1
Phenomenology 1
Heuristic Research 3

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Nonparametrics
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling