Laurette T. Morris

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Job title: 

Associate Professor
Clinical, Developmental & Health Psychology

Phone: 

(516)876-4802

E-mail: 

morrisl@oldwestbury.edu

Building: 

New Academic Building

Room: 

2057

Courses taught: 

  • PY2720 Psychology of Gender
  • PY3020 Health Psychology
  • PY3215 Foundations of Child Development
  • PY3230 Adulthood & Aging
  • PY3310 Abnormal Human Behavior
  • PY3420 Learning & Motivation
  • PY3500 Junior Seminar: Preparation for Professional Studies
  • PY3510 Social Psychology
  • PY3520 Group Process
  • PY4320 Counseling Psychology
  • PY4330 Behavior Modification
  • PY4420 Adolescent Development
  • PY4450 Infants & Toddlers
  • PY5210 Advanced Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
  • PY5510 Advanced Issues in Social Psychology

Education: 

  • 1990 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (APA-approved program) - The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY Clinical Psychology
  • 1983 M.A. Clinical Psychology - The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
  • 1981 M.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences - The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
  • 1979 B.A. Psychology - Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Research interests: 

Dr. Morris is Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree, as a psychology major, from Stanford University, (June, 1979), and her Master’s Degree (1983) and Ph.D. (August 1990) in Clinical Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She teaches courses in Clinical, Developmental and Health Psychology, and has conducted research and presented in the areas of stress and coping, and undergraduate pedagogy. She has also been a strong proponent of curriculum assessment. Her service to the Department and the College has included serving as research mentor for independent study and Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) students, as faculty adviser to the Psychology Club and Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, and as Director of the OW Women’s Center. She has served on various committees, and is the current Senator representing Old Westbury as a member of the SUNY-wide University Faculty Senate.

Dr. Morris’ pedagogical approach utilizes empiricism, self-reflection, community engagement, and social activism through individual, small-group, and class assignments and projects, as vehicles for students’ learning. Her classroom style promotes interactions, discussion, and problem-focused group-work, to enhance traditional lecture presentations. In addition to Health Psychology, a course created by Dr. Morris for the Department, additional psychology courses she has taught include: Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Foundations of Child Development, Adulthood and Aging, Abnormal Psychology, Learning and Motivation, Group Process, Field Experience and Research, The Exceptional Child, Adolescent Development, Counseling Psychology (starting Fall 2019), Clinical and Educational Assessment, Behavior Modification, Advanced Perspectives in Developmental Psychology, and Advanced Issues in Social Psychology. She has also taught in the First Year Experience Program (Ethics of Engagement) and in the School of Education (graduate course: Introduction into Human Development).

Select publications & presentations: 

Publications:

[5] Morris, L & Borbon, S. Stress in the mind of the beholder: Effects of perceived vs. actual stress on physical health and sense of well-being in traditional and nontraditional college students. College Student Journal, in press

[4] Morris, L. "Let the games begin!" Game-show based alternatives to traditional review sessions and exam-based evaluations, Association for Psychological Science Observer Teaching Tips, accepted with revisions.

[3] Morris, L. & Reyes, W. Top-ranked fears using the Fear Survey Schedule for Children-HI in a contemporary sample of urban school-age children and teenagers. North American Journal of Psychology, revise and resubmit.

[2] Hoff, A., Riordan, H., Morris, L, Cestaro, V., Wieneke, M., Alpert, R., Wang, G. & Volkow, N. (1996). Effects of crack cocaine on neurocognitive function. Psychiatry Research, 60, 167-176.

[1] Hoff, A., O'Donnell, D, Riordan, H., Morris, L. & DeLisi, L. (1992). Neuropsychologic functioning in first-episode schizophreniform patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 149, 898-903.

Videos Appearance/Interviews:

[1] PBS, Alvin Perlmutter, Inc. (1992). The World of Abnormal Psychology. Original PBS Series and Video Series (initial air date Spring, 1992; televised on various PBS stations; videos available for purchase). Demonstrated cognitive-behavioral therapy during the episode entitled "The Treatment Show".

Presentations:

[12] Morris, L. (2010). "Would I Lie to You?'': Students' Perception of the Professor's Honesty and Its Impact on Their Problem-Solving Efforts". Poster presented at the 32nd Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.

[11] Morris, L. (2010). "Let the Games Begin!: Game-Show Based Alternatives to Traditional Review Sessions and Exam-Based Evaluations " Poster presented at the 32nd Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL

[10] Morris, L. (2008). Perceived vs. Actual and physical health, well-being, and class attendance in Nontraditional College students. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 2008 Convention, Chicago, IL

[9] Morris, L. (2008). The LifeSpan Survey: A Simple and Fun Empirical Exercise for Courses ranging from Introduction to Psychology to Senior Seminar. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 2008 Convention, Chicago, IL

[8] Morris, L. (2007). Health well-being, and coping in nontraditional college students. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

[7] Morris, L. (2007). From Intro Psych to Senior Seminar: A Multi-course, multipurpose empirical exercise. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco.

[6] Morris, L. (2007). Stress and coping in a 2P century college cohort. Oral presentation at the Old Westbury Teaching for Leaning Center Faculty Conference.

[5] Morris, L. (2007). Stress and coping in a 2P century college sample. Talk presented at Old Westbury Brown Bag Faculty Colloquia.

[4] Morris, L. (2007). From Intro Psych to Senior Seminar: Use of the LifeSpan Survey As an Empirical Exercise. Discussion group (Participant Idea Exchange) held at the 2ÿh Annual National Institute on Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL.

[3] Morris, L. (2007). The power of empiricism: Use of empirical projects to enhance understanding of development in a psychology senior seminar. Poster presented at the 2ÿ Annual National Institute on Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.

[2] Morris, L. (2004). LifeSpan Survey: A multi-course data-collection exercise. Oral presentation at the annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Monticello, NY.

[1] Morris, L. & Friend, R. (1990) Social support and stress. Poster presented at the 1991 Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.