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Kelly Morton, PhD
Professor, Family Medicine
School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Psychology
Member, Experimental Psychology, SST, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Publications    Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Haviland, M.G., Morton, K.R., Oda, K., & Fraser, G. E. (2009-in press).  Traumatic experiences, major life stressors, and self-reporting a physician-given fibromyalgia diagnosis. Psychiatry Research. ( 12/2009 )
  • Przekop,P., Haviland,M.G., Morton, K.R., Oda, K., Fraser, G.E. (2009). Risk Factors for Pain-Related Restrictions among Women with Fibromyalgia.  Manuscript submitted for publication to European Journal of Pain. ( 12/2009 )
  • Webb, A.P., Ellison, C.G., McFarland, M.J., Lee, J.W., Morton, K.R., & Walters , J. (2009).  Divorce, Religious Coping, and Depressive Symptoms in a Conservative Protestant Religious Group.  Manuscript submitted for publication to Family Relations. ( 12/2009 )
  • Lee, J.W., Morton, K.R., Walters, J., Bellinger, D., Butler, T.L., Wilson, C., Walsh, E., Ellison, C.G., McKenzie, M.M., & Fraser, G.E. (2008).  Cohort profile:  The biopsychosocial religion and health study (BRHS).  International Journal of Epidemiology, 1-9. ( 12/2008 )
  • Morton, K.R., Worthley, J.S., Testerman, J.K., Mahoney, M.L.. "Defining features of moral sensitivity and moral motivation: Pathway to moral reasoning in medical students.." Journal of Moral Education 35.3 (2006): 387-406. ( 9/2006 )
  • Morton, K.R., Worthley, J.S., Testerman, J.K., Mahoney, M.L. . "Defining features of moral sensitivity and moral motivation: Pathways to moral reasoning in medical students." Journal of Moral Education 35.3 (2006): 387-406. ( 1/2006 )
    Kohlberg?s theory of moral development explores the roles of cognition and emotion but focuses primarily on cognition. Contemporary postformal theories lead to the conclusion that skills resulting from cognitive-affective integration facilitate consistency between moral judgment and moral behavior. Rest?s four-component model of moral development delineates these skills specifically. The components, moral motivation, moral sensitivity, moral reasoning and moral character, operate as multidimensional processes that facilitate moral development and subsequently promote moral behavior. The relationships between these components have been relatively unexplored, thereby missing the opportunity to unpackage the processes underlying moral growth and development. In this study, moral motivation (spirituality), moral sensitivity (postformal skills) and moral reasoning are operationalized to examine the mediational effects of moral sensitivity in medical students. In the complex moral environment of medical students, opportunities arise to question values and develop cognitive-affective skills, among them spirituality and postformal thinking which are linked to increases in postconventional moral reasoning. The models tested indicate that moral sensitivity mediates the relationship between moral motivation and moral reasoning.
  • Morton, K.R., Lee, J.W., Haviland, M.G., & Fraser, G. (2011).  Religious engagement in a risky family model predicting health in older black and white Seventh-day Adventists. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

    ( 1/2011 - Present )
  Scholarly Journals--Accepted
  • Przekop, P., Haviland, M.G., Zhao, Y., Oda K., Morton K.R., Fraser G.E. (2012-in press).  Perceived physical and mental health and co-morbid diseases among women with irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, neither, or both disorders.  The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. ( 1/2012 - Present )