Professor Val Curtis BSc MSc PhD
About Val Curtis
Director of the Environmental Health Group and expert in hygiene, disgust and behaviour change
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Director of the Environmental Health Group, a multidisciplinary group researching hygiene, sanitation and water (WASH). Trained in engineering, epidemiology and anthropology and studies human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.
Organiser of the Design of Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries MSc Module. Teaches on the Tropical Environmental Health Study Module and gives an annual public health lecture at LSHTM. Contributes to Global Health Masters courses at Imperial College.
Researches hygiene, disgust and behaviour. Co-developed Behaviour Centred Design. which combines the latest in behavioural science with a process for designing and testing novel interventions. BCD has been used to promote handwashing, food hygiene, infant nutrition sanitation and exercise in Africa, Asia and in Europe. SuperAmma is a recent handwashing promotion programme in India.
TED talk on how behaviour settings control what we do.
Author of "Don't Look, Don't Touch, the Science behind Revulsion" (OUP, 2014) about the evolution and function of disgust and its relationship to morality. She discusses why this matters in this Huffington post interview.
Co-Author of "Gaining Control: How Human Behaviour Evolved" also with OUP (2015)
Cofounder of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, partnership committee member of the Toilet Board Coalition and advisor on Behaviour Change to public and private sector organisations.
- Behaviour change
Disease and Health Conditions
- Diarrhoeal diseases
- Human Behaviour
Behaviour Centred Design: towards an applied science of behaviour change.
Aunger, R. ; Curtis, V. ;
Health Psychol Rev, 2016; :1-22
Hygiene and health: systematic review of handwashing practices worldwide and update of health effects.
Freeman, M.C.; Stocks, M.E.; Cumming, O.; Jeandron, A.; Higgins, J.P.; Wolf, J.; Prüss-Ustün, A.; Bonjour, S.; Hunter, P.R.; Fewtrell, L.; Curtis, V.;
Trop Med Int Health, 2014; 19(8):906-16
Effect of a behaviour-change intervention on handwashing with soap in India (SuperAmma): a cluster-randomised trial.
Biran, A. ; Schmidt, W.P. ; Varadharajan, K.S. ; Rajaraman, D. ; Kumar, R. ; Greenland, K. ; Gopalan, B. ; Aunger, R. ; Curtis, V. ;
Lancet Glob Health, 2014; 2(3):e145-54
Infection-avoidance behaviour in humans and other animals.
Trends Immunol, 2014; 35(10):457-64
Disgust as an adaptive system for disease avoidance behaviour.
Curtis, V.; de Barra, M.; Aunger, R.;
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2011; 366(1563):389-401
Planned, motivated and habitual hygiene behaviour: an eleven country review.
Curtis, V.A.; Danquah, L.O.; Aunger, R.V.;
Health Educ Res, 2009; 24(4):655-73
Masters of Marketing: Bringing Private Sector Skills to Public Health Partnerships.
Curtis, V.A.; Garbrah-Aidoo, N.; Scott, B.;
Am J Public Health, 2007; 97(4):634-41
Effect of washing hands with soap on diarrhoea risk in the community: a systematic review
Curtis, V.; Cairncross, S.
Lancet Infect Dis, 2003; 3(5):275-81
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