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Dr. Joseph Currin

Assistant Professor

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

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Contact Information

(719) 333-9982



Joseph “Joe” M. Currin, Ph.D. (he/his/him), is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, where he was appointed in 2020.  He is a counseling psychologist (graduated 2018 from Oklahoma State University), and he has been researching sexuality, sexual health, and barriers to treatment for individuals who identify as LGBT. His research currently focuses on barriers to care for individuals seeking mental health services, the use of technology in sexual partner seeking, and how people explore their sexuality.


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University (2018)

M.A., Psychology with Clinical Emphasis, Washburn University (2014)

B.A., Psychology, Washburn University (2011)

B.S., Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University (1999)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University (September 2018 – June 2020)

Licensed Psychologist, State of Texas (#38294)

Doctoral Intern Counselor, Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center (August 2017 – August 2018)

Masters Level Counselor, Washburn University Student Counseling Center (May 2014 – August 2014)

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Contribution to Public Health, September 2018, Presented by the Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling


Best of 2018 Articles for Health Promotion and Practice, July 2019

Research and Scholarly Interests

Sexuality, Sexual Health, Barriers to Mental and Medical Care


Currin, J.M., Pascarella, L.A.*, & Hubach, R.D. (2020). ‘To feel close when miles apart:’ Qualitative analysis of motivations to sext in a relationship.  Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 35(2), 244-257. doi: 10.1080/14681994.2020.1714024

Giano, Z., Currin, J.M., Deboy, K.R.*, & Hubach, R.D. (2020). Identifying distinct subgroups of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth for suicide risk: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi: 10.1016/jadohealth.2020.03.031

Currin, J.M., Giano, Z., & Hubach, R.D. (2020). Interface of internalized homophobia and community connectedness on frequency of doctor’s visits for rural and urban men who have sex with men in Oklahoma. Journal of Rural Health, 36(3), 416-422.. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12416

Currin, J.M., Hubach, R.D., & Croff, J.M. (2019).  Sex-Ed without the stigma: What gay and bisexual men would like offered in school based sex education. Journal of Homosexuality. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1616429

Currin, J.M. & Hubach, R.D. (2018). Self-forgiveness and social support may reduce loneliness in men who have sex with men. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 12(4), 279-292. doi: 10.1080/15538605.2018.1526153

Currin, J.M., Hubach, R.D., Crethar, H.C., Hammer, T.R., Lee, H., & Larson, M. (2018).  Barriers to accessing mental healthcare for gay and bisexual men in Oklahoma.  Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 15(4), 483-496. doi: 10.1007/s13178-018-0321-5

Hubach, R.D., Currin, J.M., Sanders, C.A.*, Durham, A.R., Kavanaugh, K.E., Wheeler, D.L., & Croff, J.M. (2017). Barriers to access and adoption of pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in a relatively rural state. AIDS Education and Prevention, 29(4), 315-329. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2017.29.4.315