Dr. Morris received her B.S. (1986) and M.S. (1987) degrees from Pittsburg State University (Kansas) and her doctorate from the University of Mississippi (1992). She completed internship training and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, specializing in clinical child psychology. She joined the faculty at West Virginia University in 1993.
Dr. Morris was awarded the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award in 2002, was named Woodburn Professor for 2005-2007, and received the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in 2006. In 2009 she was named Eberly Distinguished Professor of Teaching.
Dr. Morris served as Department Chair from 2010-2013 and now serves as Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and Outreach for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Morris’ research is in the area of developmental psychopathology, with a special interest in social anxiety disorder. Her research focuses primarily on social behavior including the influence of parenting and peer-relations on the development, maintenance, and expression of anxiety and depression.
An avid film buff, Dr. Morris’ other interests outside of psychology include world history, existential philosophy, politics, and modern art. She dabbles in creative writing and is looking forward to completing the first installment of a series that will combine these themes.
Dr. Morris has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of psychopathology, adjustment, social psychology, history of psychology, marital and family assessment and therapy, and the psychology of cinema.