Profile: Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley

Dr. Morley is Associate Professor of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  He is a medical social scientist with principal interests in health disparities, particularly those that occur in primary care settings.  Dr. Morley presently serves as the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, as well as the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine.  He is the Associate Director of SLAT-Net, the Department of Family Medicine's practice-based research network, and is also a core faculty member in the CNYMPH Program.  Until recently, Dr. Morley was the Director of the Central Region Office of the NYSAHEC System until taking over the chairmanship of Public Health & Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Morley's present research is largely focused upon medical education and health workforce development.  In particular, he studies how learners make choices about working as health care providers in underserved areas and in under-recruited areas of medicine and health, such as primary care and public health.  You can view Dr. Morley's publications on Google Scholar.

Dr. Morley has also been active in mental health research, including a study of how social factors such as race, gender, and insurance status affect the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in primary care.  Additionally, Dr. Morley has worked for a number of years on projects examining the genetics of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and ADHD, and was the Co-PI of an NIH grant to collect the largest population sample of schizophrenia patients and health cases ever assembled, for the purposes of a Genome-Wide Assocation Study (1R01MH085548), from 2008-2013.  He is also a co-investigator on a HRSA AAU-Primary Care award (D54HP05462) that funds the research infrastructure for the Department of Family Medicine, including SALT-Net activities, collaboration with Pediatrics and outside investigators, and the Scholary Pairings for Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) program.

Dr. Morley is also an experienced research project manager with a strong history of scholarship and a decade of research experience and management in NIH-funded contexts.  He has served in essentially every research position (Technician/Abstractor, Analyst, First or Second Author, Presenter, Proposal Writer,  Project Manager, Grant Administrator, Investigator, Co-PI, Principal Investigator), and has nearly two decades of post-bachelors general management and professional experience in all.  He is published in a number of areas, including tobacco control, mental health, psychiatric genetics, public health, medical education, and ethics.  In addition to his doctoral and research experience, Dr. Morley's training and background include a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the top-ranked Maxwell School of Syracuse University, with a focus on policy analysis, and a certificate of advanced study in Health Services Management and Policy.

Primary Affiliations

SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Other Affiliations

SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Member, Center for Global Health and Translational Science
  • Lecturer, Center for Bioethics & Humanities

Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

  • Courtesy Appointment, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration & International Relations

LeMoyne College

  • External Member, Insitutional Review Board