Dr Val Curtis
About Val Curtis
Book: Don't Look, Don't Touch, the Science behind Revulsion, OUP, 2013
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Val is Director of the Hygiene Centre, a multidisciplinary group dedicated to improving hygiene and sanitation. She is trained in engineering, epidemiology and anthropology and studies human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.
Val organises the Design of Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries MSc Module. She also teaches on the Tropical Environmental Health Study Module and gives an annual public health lecture on hygiene and sanitation.
Val pioneers a new approach called Behaviour Centred Design, which couples Darwinian behavioural theory with marketing practice to improve health related behaviour. She has helped to develop and test successful handwashing programmes in Africa and Asia and is now also working on improving infant feeding, diarrhoea control and sanitation-related behaviour. SuperAmma is a recent successful handwashing promotion programme in India.
The evolution and function of disgust and its relationship to hygiene and manners is a particular area of interest.
Val helped found the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, is on the steering committee of the Toilet Board and advises public and private sector organisations on behaviour change.
- Behaviour change
Disease and Health Conditions
- Diarrhoeal diseases
- Human Behaviour
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
Hygiene: new hopes, new horizons.
Curtis, V. ; Schmidt, W. ; Luby, S. ; Florez, R. ; Touré, O. ; Biran, A. ;
Lancet Infect Dis, 2011; 11(4):312-21
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
Experimental pretesting of hand-washing interventions in a natural setting.
Judah, G.; Aunger, R.; Schmidt, W.P.; Michie, S.; Granger, S.; Curtis, V.;
Am J Public Health, 2009; 99 Suppl 2:S405-11
Kinds of behaviour
Aunger, R.; Curtis, V.
Biology & Philosophy, 2008; 23(3):317-345
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
Evidence that disgust evolved to protect from risk of disease.
Curtis, V.; Aunger, R.; Rabie, T.;
Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci , 2004; 271 Suppl 4 :S131-3
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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