Vera Morgan

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

  • The University of Western Australia (M571), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

19952020
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Biography

Professor Vera Morgan is Head of the Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit in the University of Western Australia (UWA) School of Population and Global Health, Director of the Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry in the UWA Division of Psychiatry, and Operational Epidemiologist at the North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health.

She is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in studying schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders utilising cohort-based record-linkage designs and clinical/survey data collections. Her cross-disciplinary epidemiological approach to the study of psychotic illness melds psychiatric, genetic, physical health, sociological and criminological perspectives on aetiology and course to help unravel the complex nature of these disorders and improve outcomes for affected people. Her current program of research focuses on environmental and genetic contributions to the risk of schizophrenia, as well as physical health comorbidity, including metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, in people with psychotic illness.

She has a very strong national presence and international profile as a psychiatric epidemiologist. She was National Project Director and Convenor of the Technical Advisory Group for the Australian Government 3rd National psychosis survey (Survey of High Impact Psychosis—SHIP). Her 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; 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)

Roles and responsibilities

CURRENT 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

Organisational Epidemiologist: North  Metropolitan Health Services Mental Health

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

Previous positions

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. 

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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Research Output 1995 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Loneliness in psychotic illness and its association with cardiometabolic disorders

Badcock, J. C., Mackinnon, A., Waterreus, A., Watts, G. F., Castle, D., McGrath, J. J. & Morgan, V. A., Feb 2019, In : Schizophrenia Research. 204, p. 90-95 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Policy Impacts of the Australian National Perinatal Depression Initiative: Psychiatric Admission in the First Postnatal Year

Lee, W. S., Mihalopoulos, C., Chatterton, M. L., Chambers, G. M., Highet, N., Morgan, V. A., Sullivan, E. A. & Austin, M. P., 15 May 2019, In : Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 46, 3, p. 277-287 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Psychiatry
Psychiatric Hospitals
Depression
Inpatients
Adjustment Disorders

Projects 2000 2020