Devorah Curtis



Devorah Curtis

Department Chair

  • Campus:
  • Saybrook University
Mind-Body Medicine
Saybrook University
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Dr. Devorah Curtis serves as Department Chair of Mind-Body Medicine programs in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. Since 2012, she has been mentoring students, faculty, and fellows; developing curriculum, teaching courses, serving on doctoral dissertation committees; and participating in governance related functions.

Before pursuing a career in academia, Dr. Curtis worked as a health and fitness consultant, sales and human resource partner in the pharmaceutical industry, behavioral analyst and leadership development consultant, and professional coach in both integrative care and private practice. Her educational degrees include a BS in Applied Nutrition and MA and PhD in Psychology. Also, she is a licensed pastoral counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) and Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education.

Dr. Curtis's primary research interest centers on applications of self-determination theory across professional and personal life domains.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Business/IO Psychology Executive Assessment
Career/Workplace Issues Career Development
Employee Motivation
Health and Wellness Coaching
Coaching Life Coaching
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Pastoral care
Psychology Subdisciplines - Humanistic Psychology
Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.S. University of Delaware 1998
M.A. Saybrook University 2007
Ph.D. Saybrook University 2011
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member Institute of Coaching
Member American Association of Christian Counselors
Member International Society for Coaching Psychologists
Curriculum Vitae

Qualitative case study evaluating the effects of a life coaching intervention on psychological courage and self-determination.

Mixed-methods study exploring the motivational factors that underlie work commitment and promote retention of clinical and academic nurses.


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.

Shaner, L., Kelly, L., Rockwell, D., & Curtis, D. (2015). Calm abiding: The lived experience of the practice of long-term meditation. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, , 1-24.