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Chicago | Professor, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Melissa L. Morgan, Ph.D.



  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2006
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1995
  • B.A., Psychology, Southwestern University, 1991
Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

  • Latinx critical resilience and thriving
  • Multicultural pedagogy
  • Academic resilience
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP)
    • CoChair, 2016. Chaired committee at APA consolidated meetings and oversaw activities of CIRP.
    • Member. 2014-2015.
  • National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA)
    • Co-Chair, Scientific Program Committee: Responsible for soliciting all conferences submissions, their review and assignment during the 2014 NLPA conference
    • Reviewer/Program Committee. National Latina /o Psychological Association conference submissions. 2010 –present.
  • APA Division 17
    • Awards Program Co-Chair for APA Convention 2020. August 2018-August 2021.
    • Division Program Chair for APA Convention 2018; August 2016 – August 2018.
    • Secretary. Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD). January 2015 – August 2017.
    • Member. Honors and Awards Committee. August 2011-August 2013.
    • Member. Early Career Psychologists Committee. Fall 2007-Summer 2009
    • Reviewer. Program Committee. Reviewer of conference submissions: 2006-present. Duties: Review submitted manuscripts (approximately 10-15 per year) and provide comment for eligibility for Division 17 APA programming
    • Co-editor. APA Division 17, Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity Newsletter. Fall 2007-Summer 2009. Duties: Recruited writers, edited submissions, wrote, and produced newsletter for the section twice per year
    • Reviewer. APA Division 17 Society for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) student poster proposal submissions for APA: 2008, 2017
    • Volunteer. APA Division 17 Hospitality Suite, APA conferences, 2004, 2006
  • Sociedad de Psicologia Interamericana/Society for Interamerican Psychology
    • Secretaria Ejecutiva del Norte / Executive Secretary for North America – August 2019- August 2021
    • Associate Editor – Revista American de Psicologia/Interamerican Psychology Journal. January 2020 – present
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Morgan, M.L., Franco, V., Felix, E., & Ramirez, N. (2023). Resilience in Holocaust Survivors: Lessons learned from those who survived genocide. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.
  • Gallegos, M. Morgan, M.L., & Caycho-Rodríguez , T. (2022). Progress in immunization of children against coronavirus disease 2019: the role of pediatric societies. The Journal of Pediatrics, doi:
  • Morgan, M.L. (2023). Critical Resilience and Thriving in Response to Systemic Oppression: Insights to Inform Social Justice in Critical Times. Routledge. UK.
  • Morgan, M.L. & Marin, P. (2023). “I was born to do this”: Faculty Experiences Teaching Graduate-Level Diversity Courses. Teaching of Psychology.
  • Morgan, M.L. & Zetzer, H. (2022) “And I Just Wish I Can Go Back to Normal”: Latinx Undergraduates’ Navigation of Adversities in the Context of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice. The Counseling Psychologist, 50(30), 415-444.
  • Portillo, N., Morgan, M.L. & Gallegos, M. (Eds.) (in press). Psychology and COVID-19 in the Americas. Springer Publishing: Brazil.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Morgan, M.L. (January, 2023). Studying Critical Resilience and Thriving with Latinx Folks: Promoting Community Change. Presentation at National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology. Santa Fe, NM.
  • Marin, P., Morgan, M.L., & Yukyung Bae (May, 2022). From Fulfillment to Anger: The Emotional Roller Coaster of the Diversity Classroom. Presentation at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Online.
  • Morgan, M.L. (March, 2022). Invited Keynote. 2º Encontro Internacional de Saude Mental e as Reacoes Psicologicas Durante e Depois da era das Vacinas da COVID-19. Virtual conference, Brazil.
  • Ramirez, N., Hubert, E., & Arciaga Limayo, A., Jimenez, A., Johnson-Yurchak, J., & Morgan, M. L. (July, 2021). The Santa Barbara Wellness Project Goes Virtual: Maintaining Community-Based Programming During a Pandemic. Trabajo libre presented at the XXXVIII Society for Interamerican psychology Congreso Interamericano de Psicología, Modalidad virtual.
  • Hubert, E., Ramirez, N., Felix, E., Franco, V., Morgan, M. L. (May 2021). Exploring the Relationship of Spirituality and Meaning Making to Thriving Among Latinx Undergraduates. Poster presented at APA Annual Convention. Online.
  • Morgan, M.L. (November, 2020). Cultural Competence, Humility and Broaching: Social Justice in Cross-Cultural Therapy. Invited presentation given to Santa Barbara City College Counseling Center.
Select Awards or Recognitions

Select Awards or Recognitions

  • Fellow, Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. 2020
  • Fellow, Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, American Psychological Association. 2022

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