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Researcher Profile - Vera A. Morgan

First Name:Vera A.
Last Name:Morgan
Advanced Degrees:BA, GradDipEd, MSocSc, PhD
Affiliation:University of Western Australia
Department:Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Street Address 1:UWA Psychiatry, Level 3 MRF Bldg
Street Address 2:Rear 50 Murray Street
State/Province:Western Australia
Zip/Postal Code:6000
Email Address:
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 3 December 2010]
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Clinical Interests:
Neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., 22q11 deletion syndromes), Autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders), Bipolar disorder , Schizophrenia
Research Focus:
gene/environment interation, forensic, Neurodevelopment, Epidemiology, Genetics
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Reasearcher Bio
Prof Vera Morgan is Head of the Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit at The University of Western Australia's School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences and Operational Epidemiologist at its Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry. She is a psychiatric epidemiologist with a special interest in the epidemiology and aetiology of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Much of her work focuses on the relationship between environmental risk factors and genetic liability for schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric outcomes including intellectual disability. Her expertise includes epidemiological data design, management and analysis, with many years of experience in survey design and analysis predating her work in epidemiology. She has wide experience using record-linked population health and criminological databases. She is Convenor: Technical Advisory Group for the $6.2m Australian Government National Survey of High Impact Psychosis and is the National Project Director. She also played a central role in the management of its predecessor, the Commonwealth-funded National Study of Low Prevalence (Psychotic) Disorders. Her professional roles have included President: Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, Vice-President: Australasian Epidemiological Association, and Chair: Research Committee of the Mental Health Council of Australia. She takes an active interest in research policy and other matters affecting research funding and research staff.
Top Papers
Morgan VA, Valuri G, Croft M, Griffith J, Shah S, Young D and Jablensky A. Pathways of risk from conception to disease: The Western Australian Schizophrenia High Risk e-Cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2010, doi:10.1093/ije/dyq167

Morgan VA and Jablensky AV. From inventory to benchmark: quality of psychiatric case registers in research. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2010, 197, 8-10

Morgan VA, Leonard H, Bourke J, Jablensky A. Intellectual disability co-occurring with schizophrenia and other psychiatric illness: a population-based study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2008 193, 364-372

Morgan F, Morgan VA, Clare J, Valuri G, Woodman R, Ferrante A, Castle D, Jablensky A. Schizophrenia and offending: area of residence and the impact of social disorganisation and urbanicity. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice 2008, 365, 1-6

Morgan VA, Castle D, Jablensky A. Do women express and experience psychosis differently from men? Epidemiological evidence from the Australian National Study of Low Prevalence (Psychotic) Disorders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2008, 42, 74-82

Morgan VA, Korten A and Jablensky A. Modifiable risk factors for hospitalisation among persons with psychosis. Evidence from the National Study of Low Prevalence (Psychotic) Disorders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2006, 40, 683-690.

Castle DJ, Jablensky A, McGrath JJ, Carr V, Morgan VA, Waterreus A, Valuri G, Stain H, McGuffin P, Farmer A. The Diagnostic Interview for Psychoses (DIP): Development, Reliability and Applications. Psychological Medicine, 2006, 36, 69-80

Morgan VA, Mitchell P, Jablensky A. The epidemiology of bipolar disorder. Socio-demographic, disability and service utilisation data from the Australian National Study of Low Prevalence (Psychotic) Disorders. Bipolar Disorders 2005, 7, 326-337.

Jablensky A, Morgan VA, Zubrick S, Bower C and Yellachich L. Pregnancy, Delivery, and Neonatal Complications in a Population Cohort of Women with Schizophrenia and Major Affective Disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2005, 162, 79-91.

Castle, D, Morgan, VA, Jablensky, A. Antipsychotic use in Australia: the patients’ perspective. Results from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2002, 36, 633-641.

Morgan VA, Jablensky A, Castle DJ. Season of birth in schizophrenia and affective psychoses in Western Australia 1916-1961. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 2001, 104, 138-147.

Jablensky A, McGrath J, Herrman H, Castle D, Gureje O, Evans M, Carr V, Morgan VA, Korten A and Harvey, C. Psychotic disorders in urban areas: An overview of the methods and findings of the Study on Low Prevalence Disorders, National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 1996-1998. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2000, 34, 221-236.

Morgan VA, Castle D, Page A, Fazio S, Gurrin L, Burton P, Montgomery P, Jablensky A. Influenza epidemics and the incidence of schizophrenia, affective disorders and mental retardation in Western Australia: no evidence of a major effect. Schizophrenia Research 1997, 26, 25-39.

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