B Psychology (Honours), PhD
Deputy Head of School, School of Applied Psychology
Shirley Morrissey trained initially as a nurse in the UK before completing her degrees in psychology. She is both an academic and practising clinical and health psychologist. As well as teaching and researching in the areas of clinical and health psychology, Shirley’s interests are in ethics and professional practice, and interprofessional learning. Shirley has also had extensive involvement in the Profession of Psychology, having served for 4 years on the Psychologist Registration Board of Queensland and 1 year on the Psychologist Registration Board of the Northern Territory prior to the establishment of the Psychology Board of Australia. In addition Shirley served as Director of Membership on the Australian Psychological Society’s Board of Directors between 2002 and 2006. Shirley is currently a Member of the Accreditation Working Committee of the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council, and Deputy Head of the School of Applied Psychology (Gold Coast campus).
- Health and clinical psychology:
- investigating and improving health behaviours,
- designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions
- illness representations, readiness to change and chronic illness (e.g., coronary heart disease, diabetes, childhood mental illness, obesity, cystic fibrosis, lupus, chronic pain)
- evaluation of psychological interventions for a range of problems (generalised anxiety, OCD, test anxiety, psychological wellbeing in nurses)
- ethics and professional psychological practice
- impacts of natural disasters/ psychological preparedness for natural disaster
Current teaching areas
- 8181/8182PSY: Practicum – ethics and professional; practice (24hours)
- 7241PSY : Clinical Health Psychology – convenes and teaches some of this course
- 6021PSY: Guest Lecturer: Working in multidisciplinary teams in mental health (3hrs at GC and 3 hrs at MTG
- 6024PSY Advanced Topics in Psychology: health psychology (6 hours)
- Lind, C., Boschen, M. & Morrissey, S. (2013) Technological Advances in Psychotherapy: Implications for the Assessment and Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 47-55.
- Zulch, H.R., Morrissey, S.A., Reser, J.P., & Creed, P. (2012). Psychological Preparedness for Natural Disasters. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience, UCL, London, UK [CD].
- Phillips, C. A., Green, H. J., & Morrissey, S. A. (2012). Cognitive and affective correlates of decisional balance regarding screening mammography in older women. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 17,164-175.
- McAllister, M., Morrissey, S., Davidson, G, McAuliffe, D., McConnell, H., Reddy, P. (2011) Teaching ideas for generating critical and constructive insights into well-functioning multi-disciplinary mental health teams. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 6, (3), 117-127.
- McAuliffe, D., Sauvage, D., & Morrissey, S. A. (2011). Integrity Provisions in Response to Practitioner Sexual Boundary Violations in Australia: A Comparative Analysis Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: 19, ( 1), 45–59.
- Wall, C.L., Morrissey, S. A., Ogloff, J. P. (2009) The workers’ compensation experience: A qualitative exploration of workers beliefs regarding the impact of the compensation system on their recovery and rehabilitation. International Journal of Disability Management Research, 4 (2), 19-26.
- Naito, M., O’Callaghan, F., & Morrissey, S. A., (2009). Understanding women’s mammography intentions: A theory-based investigation. Women & Health, 49: 101-118.
- Reser, J. & Morrissey, S. (2009). The crucial role of psychological preparedness for disasters. InPsych:The Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, 31, (2), 14-15.
- Creed, P., Travers, K., & Morrissey, S. (2008). The development and initial validation of a revised attributional style questionnaire. International Journal of Psychology, 43, 489-489.
- Wall, Cindy. L., Morrissey, Shirley A., & Ogloff, James (2008). Personality Traits, Psychological Health, and the Workers’ Compensation System. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 14, pp55-68.
- Wall, C. L., Ogloff, J. P., & Morrissey, S. A. (2007). Psychological consequences of work injury: Personality, trauma and psychological distress symptoms of non injured workers and injured workers returning to, or remaining at work. International Journal of Disability Management, 2, 37 - 46.
- Morrissey, S. & Reser, J. (2007). Natural disasters, climate change and mental health considerations for rural Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15, (2), 120-125.