Guy Curtis

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am an Associate Professor in Applied Psychology at the University of Western Australia. I have worked as an academic for over 20 years, including positions at three universities. My research is in applied psychology with a particular focus on individual differences in academic integrity and leadership. I am an author of over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. I have taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, where my current focus is on applied psychology, particularly in the business and I/O contexts.

Research interests

Leadership; Academic Integrity; Plagiarism; Cheating; Ethical Behaviour; Social Cognition; Anxiety; Personality and Individual Differences

Teaching philosophy

I apply the scientist-practitioner model of psychology to the teaching of psychology. In other words, I take an evidence-based practice approach to teaching by using teaching approaches supported by research into effective education. 

Previous positions

2019 (May) - 2023 (June): University of Western Australia, Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology

2010-2019 (April): Murdoch University, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

  • 2017-2019 (Jan): Murdoch University, Head of the Discipline of Psychology and Deputy Dean in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science.
  • 2015-2016: Murdoch University, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science.
  • 2010-2019 (April): Facilitator/Presenter with Murdoch Executive Education and Murdoch University’s Organisational Capability Unit.

2005-2009: University of Western Sydney, Lecturer in Psychology.

2002-2004: University of Western Sydney, Associate Lecturer in Psychology.

2000-2002: University of Western Australia and Murdoch University, casual tutor and lecturer in psychology and organisational behaviour.

2000: BSD Consultants, Research Analyst (part-time).

1998-2000: University of Western Australia, Associate Lecturer (half-time) in Psychology.

1997-2000: Murdoch University and ARRB Transport Research, various casual research assistant roles.

Current projects

My main research focus at present is on individual differences related to plagiarism, cheating, and leadership. I am seeking, and happy to supervise, PhD students interested in these research topics. 

Roles and responsibilities

Director of Undergraduate Psychology Programs

Chair of Psychology Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee

Chair of University Academic Integrity Advisory Group

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Deakin University

Award Date: 18 Aug 2011

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, The Effect of Anxiety on Impression Formation, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 5 Aug 2002

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours in Psychology, Murdoch University

Award Date: 15 Dec 1997

External positions

Honorary Senior Lecturer , Queen's University Belfast

27 Sept 202327 Sept 2026

Industry keywords

  • Education

Research expertise keywords

  • Psychology
  • Academic integrity
  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Organisational psychology
  • Leadership
  • Individual differences
  • Anxiety
  • Social cognition
  • Culture
  • Ethics


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