Vera Morgan

Emeritus Professor, BA Adel., DipEd Melb., MSocSc S.Aust., PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Emerita Professor Vera Morgan retired at the end of 2021 but continues to be actively involved in the research activities of the Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit (NERU) in the University of Western Australia's (UWA) School of Population and Global Health, which is now headed by Dr Anna Waterreus.

Professor Morgan is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in studying schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Her cross-disciplinary approach to the study of psychotic illness melds psychiatric, genetic, physical health, sociological and criminological perspectives on cause and course of illness to help unravel the complex nature of these disorders and improve outcomes for affected people. Her current research focuses on: environmental and genetic contributions to the risk of schizophrenia; rethinking recovery in psychotic illness to improve outcomes; and addressing the very poor physical health profile of people with psychotic illness

Professor Morgan has a very strong national presence and international profile as a psychiatric epidemiologist. In 2020, she was awarded the most prestigious award of the Society for Mental Health Research, the Founders Medal, for her research excellence and her leadership and contribution to mental health research in Australia and New Zealand. She was National Project Director and Convenor of the Technical Advisory Group for the Australian Government 2nd National psychosis survey (Survey of High Impact Psychosis—SHIP) and is convenor of the SHIP Study Group.

In addition to many years at UWA as Head of NERU (2008-2022), Professor Morgan's professional roles have included: President, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research; Vice-President, Australasian Epidemiological Association; Chair of the Research Committee of the Mental Health Council of Australia;  Directo of the Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry in the University of Western Australia Division of Psychiatry; and Member, The University of Western Australia Senate. 

 

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction (2009: U Western Australia)

Master of Social Sciences (1992: U South Australia)

Graduate Diploma in Education (1974: U Melbourne)

Bachelor of Arts (1973: U Adelaide)

 

Awards (selected)

2020 Society for Mental Health Research Founders Medal.
The award recognizes the entire career of the individual nominated and takes into consideration the excellence of their research, the impact that this work has had, and their leadership and contribution to mental health research in Australia and New Zealand.”

2018 Australasian Epidemiological Association Mentoring Award
recognising “a senior member of AEA who has made a significant contribution to mentoring early-career practitioners in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics or related disciplines”

2014 The distinguished Beattie Smith 80th Anniversary Medal Oration, University of Melbourne

1986 South Australian Children’s Interest Bureau prize: Child Welfare Law

Roles and responsibilities

CURRENT POSITIONS

Emerita Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

Adjunct Professor, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

Previous positions

Winthrop Professor and Head, Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

Director, Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry, Division of Psychiatry, Medical School, The University of Western Australia

President, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research 2003-2006

Vice-President, Australasian Epidemiological Association 2004-2006

Chair, Research Committee, Mental Health Council of Australia 2003-2006

Vice-Chair, UWA Researchers’ Association 2004-2006

Member, UWA Senate 2005-2010. 

Research expertise keywords

  • Epidemiology and aetiology of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Risk factor epidemiology
  • Physical health and psychotic illness
  • Intellectual disability and co-occurring psychiatric illness
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Pathways to care and recovery in psychotic illness
  • Record linkage research methodology
  • Survey research methodology
  • Schizophrenia and related conditions
  • Physical health of people with mental illness

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  • Health-related quality of life in people with psychotic disorders: The role of loneliness and its contributors

    Nevarez-Flores, A. G., Breslin, M., Carr, V. J., Morgan, V. A., Waterreus, A., Harvey, C., Sanderson, K. & Neil, A. L., 25 Jan 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry.

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  • Mapping genomic loci implicates genes and synaptic biology in schizophrenia

    Indonesia Schizophrenia Consortium, PsychENCODE, Psychosis Endophenotypes International Consortium, SynGO Consortium, Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Trubetskoy, V., Pardiñas, A. F., Qi, T., Panagiotaropoulou, G., Awasthi, S., Bigdeli, T. B., Bryois, J., Chen, C. Y., Dennison, C. A., Hall, L. S., Lam, M., Watanabe, K., Frei, O., Ge, T., Harwood, J. C. & 237 others, Koopmans, F., Magnusson, S., Richards, A. L., Sidorenko, J., Wu, Y., Zeng, J., Grove, J., Kim, M., Li, Z., Voloudakis, G., Zhang, W., Adams, M., Agartz, I., Atkinson, E. G., Agerbo, E., Al Eissa, M., Albus, M., Alexander, M., Alizadeh, B. Z., Alptekin, K., Als, T. D., Amin, F., Arolt, V., Arrojo, M., Athanasiu, L., Azevedo, M. H., Bacanu, S. A., Bass, N. J., Begemann, M., Belliveau, R. A., Bene, J., Benyamin, B., Bergen, S. E., Blasi, G., Bobes, J., Bonassi, S., Braun, A., Bressan, R. A., Bromet, E. J., Bruggeman, R., Buckley, P. F., Buckner, R. L., Bybjerg-Grauholm, J., Cahn, W., Cairns, M. J., Calkins, M. E., Carr, V. J., Castle, D., Catts, S. V., Chambert, K. D., Chan, R. C. K., Chaumette, B., Cheng, W., Cheung, E. F. C., Chong, S. A., Cohen, D., Consoli, A., Cordeiro, Q., Costas, J., Curtis, C., Davidson, M., Davis, K. L., de Haan, L., Degenhardt, F., DeLisi, L. E., Demontis, D., Dickerson, F., Dikeos, D., Dinan, T., Djurovic, S., Duan, J., Ducci, G., Dudbridge, F., Eriksson, J. G., Fañanás, L., Faraone, S. V., Fiorentino, A., Forstner, A., Frank, J., Freimer, N. B., Fromer, M., Frustaci, A., Gadelha, A., Genovese, G., Gershon, E. S., Giannitelli, M., Giegling, I., Giusti-Rodríguez, P., Godard, S., Goldstein, J. I., González Peñas, J., González-Pinto, A., Gopal, S., Gratten, J., Green, M. F., Greenwood, T. A., Guillin, O., Gülöksüz, S., Gur, R. E., Gur, R. C., Gutiérrez, B., Hahn, E., Hakonarson, H., Haroutunian, V., Hartmann, A. M., Harvey, C., Hayward, C., Henskens, F. A., Herms, S., Hoffmann, P., Howrigan, D. P., Ikeda, M., Iyegbe, C., Joa, I., Julià, A., Kähler, A. K., Kam-Thong, T., Kamatani, Y., Karachanak-Yankova, S., Kebir, O., Keller, M. C., Kelly, B. J., Khrunin, A., Kim, S. W., Klovins, J., Kondratiev, N., Konte, B., Kraft, J., Kubo, M., Kučinskas, V., Kučinskiene, Z. A., Kusumawardhani, A., Kuzelova-Ptackova, H., Landi, S., Lazzeroni, L. C., Lee, P. H., Legge, S. E., Lehrer, D. S., Lencer, R., Lerer, B., Li, M., Lieberman, J., Light, G. A., Limborska, S., Liu, C. M., Lönnqvist, J., Loughland, C. M., Lubinski, J., Luykx, J. J., Lynham, A., Macek, M., Mackinnon, A., Magnusson, P. K. E., Maher, B. S., Maier, W., Malaspina, D., Mallet, J., Marder, S. R., Marsal, S., Martin, A. R., Martorell, L., Mattheisen, M., McCarley, R. W., McDonald, C., McGrath, J. J., Medeiros, H., Meier, S., Melegh, B., Melle, I., Mesholam-Gately, R. I., Metspalu, A., Michie, P. T., Milani, L., Milanova, V., Mitjans, M., Molden, E., Molina, E., Molto, M. D., Mondelli, V., Moreno, C., Morley, C. P., Muntané, G., Murphy, K. C., Myin-Germeys, I., Nenadić, I., Nestadt, G., Nikitina-Zake, L., Noto, C., Nuechterlein, K. H., O'Brien, N. L., O'Neill, F. A., Oh, S. Y., Olincy, A., Ota, V. K., Pantelis, C., Papadimitriou, G. N., Parellada, M., Paunio, T., Pellegrino, R., Periyasamy, S., Perkins, D. O., Pfuhlmann, B., Pietiläinen, O., Pimm, J., Porteous, D., Powell, J., Quattrone, D., Quested, D., Radant, A. D., Rampino, A., Rapaport, M. H., Rautanen, A., Reichenberg, A., Roe, C., Roffman, J. L., Roth, J., Rothermundt, M., Rutten, B. P. F., Saker-Delye, S., Salomaa, V., Sanjuan, J., Santoro, M. L., Savitz, A., Schall, U., Scott, R. J., Seidman, L. J., Sharp, S. I., Shi, J., Siever, L. J., Sigurdsson, E., Sim, K., Skarabis, N., Slominsky, P., Waterreus, A., Jablensky, A., Morgan, V. & Wildenauer, D., 1 Apr 2022, In: Nature. 604, 7906, p. 502-508 7 p.

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    4 Citations (Scopus)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Treatable With Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in People With Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

    Giles, J. J., Ling, I., McArdle, N., Bucks, R. S., Cadby, G., Singh, B., Morgan, V. A., Gabriel, L. & Waters, F., 1 Mar 2022, In: Schizophrenia Bulletin. 48, 2, p. 437 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Characteristics of people on community treatment orders in Australia: Data from the 2010 National Survey of High Impact Psychosis

    Suetani, S., Kisely, S., Parker, S. D., Waterreus, A., Morgan, V. A. & Siskind, D., 2 Aug 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry. p. 48674211036032

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review