Brian John Curtis, M.S.

Clinical Psychology Extern

Brian is a 4 th year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Utah. He previously
completed a master’s degree in neuroscience and human genetics from the University of Utah in
the laboratory of Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., developing genetic tools to model human
neuropsychiatric disorders in mice. His current research draws on interdisciplinary collaboration
between neuroradiology, neurology, health psychology, and neuropsychology to explore the
neurobiological and behavioral effects of chronic short sleep duration across a wide range of
physical and mental health concerns in humans.
Brian is trained in evidence-based treatments for a wide range of presenting problems, including
anxiety, depression, relationship distress, and multiple sleep disorders (e.g., insomnia,
nightmare disorder). In general, his clinical interests involve the use of evidence-based
treatments to help individuals with severe behavioral and emotional difficulties (e.g., personality
disorders, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders) and comorbid sleep disruption. Brian has a
strong future interest in using free and globally accessible means (e.g., podcasts, YouTube
videos) to reduce the stigma associated with mental health concerns and to raise awareness of
evidence-based treatments for these concerns to other scientists, clinicians, and the general
public.