Doctor Natalie Morrison

Doctor Natalie Morrison

Senior Lecturer - Mental Health,
School of Medicine


I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at the School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney. I have now been working the field of mental health and psychology for over 15 years having worked at SESIAHS, NSW Health, Macquarie University and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. I obtained my PhD at the MARCS Institute in 2011 and since that time held a number of lecturing positions in psychological science before joining the School of Medicine in 2017. I teach into the mental health component of the Bachelor of Medicine and coordinate a post-graduate unit in Mental Health and Allergic Diseases. 


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  • MPsychClin Western Sydney University
  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BPsych University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) - Professional Affiliate (2016)
  • Australian Psychological Society - Clinical College (2010)


  • Australian Psychological Society Prize 2007-02-05
  • Western Sydney University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship 2007-04-26
  • Top 10 Most Accessed Paper 2018 - APS 2019-01-31
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2007-02-05


  • Trauma and Mental Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Mental health and malingering
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions and Chronic Pain
  • Transgenerational Trauma

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Medicine


Phone: (02) 9851 6064
Location: Level 3
Off Campus

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2
  • 401252 Mental Health Aspects of Allergic Diseases

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400811 Integrated Clinical Rotations 2, 2020
  • 401252 Mental Health Aspects of Allergic Diseases, 2020


Chapters in Books

  • Morrison, N. and Morrison, B. (2021), 'Parenting through the COVID-19 pandemic', Mental Health Effects of COVID-19, Academic Press 9780128242896.
  • Morrison, N. and Morrison, B. (2019), 'Memory', Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour, McGraw Hill Education 9781760422790.
  • Morrison, B. and Morrison, N. (2018), 'Taking research on the road : examining criminal investigators' strategies using a mixed-methods approach in the field', Sage Research Methods Cases. Part 2, Sage Publications 9781526439246.

Journal Articles

  • Gibbs, M., Morrison, N. and Marshall, P. (2021), 'Biomedical beliefs explain the clinical decisions made by exercise-based practitioners for people with chronic low back pain', Spine, vol 46, no 2 , pp 114 - 121.
  • Dahill, L., Mitchison, D., Morrison, N., Touyz, S., Bussey, K., Trompeter, N., Lonergan, A. and Hay, P. (2021), 'Prevalence of parental comments on weight/shape/eating amongst sons and daughters in an adolescent sample', Nutrients, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Dahill, L., Touyz, S., Morrison, N. and Hay, P. (2021), 'Parental appearance teasing in adolescence and associations with eating problems : a systematic review', BMC Public Health, vol 21 .
  • Pittman, J., Mogensen, L., Brannstrom, M., Chan, W. and Morrison, N. (2020), 'Uterus transplantation : perspectives of Australian women with absolute uterine factor infertility regarding desirability and utility', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol 60, no 2 , pp 264 - 270.
  • Morrison, B., Johnston, D., Naylor, M., Morrison, N. and Forrest, D. (2020), '"You can't hide your lyin' eyes" : investigating the relationship between associative learning, cue awareness, and decision performance in detecting lies', Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, vol 14, no 2 , pp 99 - 111.
  • Khan, M., Morrison, N. and Marshall, P. (2020), 'The role of fear-avoidance beliefs on low back pain-related disability in a developing socioeconomic and conservative culture : a cross-sectional study of a Pakistani population', Journal of Pain Research, vol 2020, no 13 , pp 2377 - 2387.
  • Morrison, B., Sasaki, M. and Morrison, N. (2020), 'The relative efficacy of positively and negatively valenced road safety campaign messages in improving dangerous driving attitudes', Journal of Road Safety, vol 31, no 4 , pp 13 - 25.
  • Cohn, I. and Morrison, N. (2018), 'Echoes of transgenerational trauma in the lived experiences of Jewish Australian grandchildren of Holocaust survivors', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol 70, no 3 , pp 199 - 207.
  • Morrison, B., Wiggins, M. and Morrison, N. (2018), 'Utility of expert cue exposure as a mechanism to improve decision-making performance among novice criminal investigators', Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, vol 12, no 2 , pp 99 - 111.
  • Page, A. and Morrison, N. (2018), 'The effects of gender, personal trauma history and memory continuity on the believability of child sexual abuse disclosure among psychologists', Child Abuse and Neglect, vol 80 , pp 1 - 8.

My Honours and PhD research concentrated on areas within cognitive psychology, specifically, auditory localisation, speech intelligibility, cognitive load and attentional modelling. Since that time my research interests have continued within the cognitive psychology domain but have broadened to include a particular interest in the experience of trauma and they way trauma is understood and engaged with by mental health practitioners. My most recent studies and supervised projects have included the psychological measurement of PTSD, transgenerational trauma in Australian Holocaust decedents, the impact of trauma history on clinician judgements of child sexual assault, the psychological impact of stroke amongst young survivors, and the mechanisms for post traumatic growth.

Understanding Beliefs and Attitudes of Clinicans towards Eye Movement Desentitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy - EMDR Association of Australia (2020-2021)

Investigating the Psychological Barriers to Accepting Advice from Thinking Machines in the Workplace - Centre for Work Health and Safety (2020-2021)

Suicide prevention with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - Western Sydney Local Health District (2019-2021)

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Current Projects

Title: Suicide prevention with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ilse Blignault, Natalie Morrison and Vlasios Brakoulias
Years: 2019-07-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00026058

Previous Projects

Title: Medical practitioners' knowledge of, and attitudes towards EMDR as a treatment for mental health problems
  • EMDR Association of Australia
Western Researchers: Natalie Morrison
Years: 2020-01-01 - 2021-05-03
ID: P00026593


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Can education increase compliance to a home-based relaxation intervention in patients with chronic low back pain?
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Exercise-Based Biopsychosocial Management of Chronic Low Back Pain
Field of Research: Health
Thesis Title: To investigate the correlation between teasing used by primary carers with adolescents around food, body image and self-esteem and recidivism in adulthood weight loss.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Pain Self-efficacy and Fear Avoidance May Change After Multidisciplinary Pain Intervention in Chronic Low Back Pain (LBP) Patients
Field of Research:

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