Vera Morgan

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

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


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. 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 program of 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.

She 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. 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. 



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


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

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. 

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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