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Research interests

I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in 2015. An early career academic, I graduated from DeMontfort University in 2008. I then studied for an MSc (by research) at the University of Bedfordshire, graduating in 2009. Following this, in 2014, I gained my PhD from the University of Leeds. Before arriving at Bath, I served post-doctoral roles at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia) and the University of Gloucestershire, and was a lecturer at York St John University.

I am a BPS chartered personality and social psychologist. My primary area of expertise is the personality characteristic of perfectionism, how it develops, and how it impacts on mental health. My most notable work is the theory of cultural influences on perfectionism, which rose to especial prominence following a 2017 publication of the first systems-level cohort study to show that perfectionism is on the rise in American, Canadian, and British college students. I am the author of over 30 published papers and book chapters on related topics and I have received numerous awards for my scholarship and research. I currently sit on the Editorial Board of 3 prominent journals in the health and exercise psychology sphere.

Informed by my research and expertise in data analysis, I have previously lectured to undergraduates in the UK and Australia. I now do so primarily on methods and statistics units in the Department for Health. Here, I have created and delivered numerous statistics courses for health and social science students. They cover several basic and intermediate topics, including data screening/imputation, ordinary least squares regression and the general linear model, moderation/mediation, and structural equation modelling. My especial expertise is in longitudinal data analysis. As such, I deliver advanced topics to postgraduates on latent growth modelling and linear mixed modelling (viz. multilevel modelling). I teach the applicaiton of these statistical techniques predmoniently using programming language in SPSS and, increasingly, R. I also regularly consult on data analysis projects for major companies and broadcasters, including Intel™ and ESPN™.

Finally, I am Senior Tutor for the Department for Health. Informed by my work on student mental health, I look after the administration of the pastoral duties of staff and I am the point of support for advice and signposting.

Featured publications

Curran, T. & Hill, A. P. (in press). Perfectionism is increasing over time: A meta-analysis of birth cohort differences from 1989 to 2016. Psychological Bulletin. Open access, available here.

  • Perfectionism of college students found to be on the rise.
  • Highest Altmetric score (666) of any paper published in Psychological Bulletin.

Hill, A. P., & Curran, T. (2016). Multidimensional Perfectionism and Burnout: A Meta-Analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 20, 269-288. Pre-print available here.

  • Perfectionism positively correlated with burnout symptoms in school, sport, and work.
  • Top five percent Altmetric score (172) of all papers published in Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Curran, T. & Hill, A. P. (in press). A test of perfectionistic vulnerability following competitive failure among college athletes. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Pre-print available here.

  • Perfectionists report especially pronounced declines in pride and elevations in guilt and shame following competitive failure.

Research grants and contract research totalling £357,719.89 including

Intel™ and Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN™). Curran, T. & Standage M. (2018). The Luck Index. 

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN™). Curran, T. & Standage M. (2018). ESPN Sporting Cities 2018. 

Électricité de France (EDF). Standage, M., Bilzon, J., Gillison, F., & Curran, T. (2017). Hinkley Point C Health and Wellbeing Provision. 

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN™). Curran, T. & Standage M. (2017). ESPN Sporting Cities 2017. 

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN™). Curran, T. & Standage M. (2016). ESPN Sporting Cities 2016

Health Education North West (HENW). Crone, D., Sarkar, M. Dickson, T., & Curran, T. (2015). Evaluation of the Health Education North West Mental Health First Aid Programme.

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN™).Parker, A., Sarkar, M., Curran, T., & Williams, S. (2015). ESPN Sporting Cities 2015

SignHealth. Standage, M., Rouse, P., Curran, T., & Bilzon, J. (2015). Enhancing health communication in the Deaf community

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).Crone, D., Parker, A., Curran, T., Sarkar, M., Loughren, E., & Baker, C. (2014). Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Services Community

Popular press communications

Curran T. & Hill, A. P. (January, 2018). Perfectionism is increasing and that’s not good news. Harvard Business Review. Available here.

Curran T. & Hill, A. P. (January, 2018). The rise of perfectionism is negatively affecting young people. The World Economic Forum. Available here.

Curran, T. (January, 2018). The desire to be flawless: helping students cope with perfectionism. Times Higher Education. Available here.

Curran, T. & Hill, A. P. (January, 2018). How perfectionism became a hidden epidemic among young people. The Conversation. Available here.

Curran, T. & Hill, A. P. (July, 2015). Perfectionism and burn-out are close friends – best avoid them. The Conversation. Available here.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Master of Science, University of Bedfordshire

Bachelor of Science, De Montfort University

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Projects 2014 2018

Research Output 2011 2019

A case for multiple pathways to increasing perfectionism: A response to Soenens and Vansteenkiste (2018)

Hill, A. P. & Curran, T., 2019, In : Psychological Bulletin. 145, 4, p. 433-435

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Personality traits of high-risk sport participants: A meta-analysis

McEwan, D., Boudreau, P., Curran, T. & Rhodes, R. E., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Research in Personality. 79, p. 83-93 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self-determination-based theories of sport, exercise, and physical activity motivation

Standage, M., Curran, T. & Rouse, P. C., 2019, Advances in Sport and Exercise Psychology (4th Edition). Horn, T. S. & Smith, A. L. (eds.). Champaign, U. S. A.: Human Kinetics, p. 289-311

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

A test of perfectionistic vulnerability following competitive failure among college athletes

Curran, T. & Hill, A. P., 1 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 40, 5, p. 269-279 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

El perfeccionismo, una epidemia oculta entre los jóvenes

Curran, T., 18 Sep 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle