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Maria Morrison, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Office Hours

Mondays 10 a.m. - 12 noon (office)

Courses Taught

Criminology: Nature of Crime (CCJ 2150)


Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
M.S.W., University of Alabama

Practice Areas

Support services to individuals in prison and recently released from prison.

Research Interests

Trauma, incarceration, and the reentry process.

Publications and Media Placements

Morrison, M. & Drake, B. Foster children of incarcerated parents: A longitudinal nationwide analysis.

[Invited revision] Sohn, Y., Drake, B., Morrison, M. & Jonson-Reid, M. (2021). In what kinds of communities do people on the sex offender registry live? An analysis of ten states. Children and Youth Services Review.

Drake, B., Jonson-Reid, M., Gandarilla Ocampo, M., Morrison, M., & Dvalishvili, D. (2020). A practical framework for considering the use of predictive risk modeling in child welfare. American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Morrison, M., Pettus-Davis, C., Renn, T., Veeh, C. & Weatherly, C. (2019). What trauma looks like for incarcerated men: A study of men’s lifetime trauma exposures in two state prisons. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment.

Honors and Awards

Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award. Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health, Grant 1F31MH129081-01A1

National Research Service Award. Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health, Grant T32MH019960

Professional Organizations and Associations

Society for Social Work Research

Community Work and Service

Dr. Morrison is a social worker at the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit human rights organization that provides legal services to individuals in prison serving unjust sentences. She provides direct services to clients while incarcerated and following release.