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Christopher Morley, PhD, MA

2262 Weiskotten Hall
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Cancer Research Program
Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Cancer Prevention/Screening/Communication, Health Disparities, Medical Sociology, Med Education, Ethics, COVID-19, Behavior


Health Behavior, Medical Social Sciences, Policy & Ethics, Public Health, Primary Care, Social Determinants, Research Methods


American Public Health Association
National Rural Health Association
North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)


PhD: Syracuse University, 2009, Social Science
Certificate of Advanced Study: Syracuse University, 2004, Health Services Management & Policy
MA: Syracuse University, 2004, Public Administration



Christopher P. Morley, Ph.D., is Chair of the Deparment of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and previously served as Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine. He holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Morley's principle research interests are in medical education and health workforce development, health disparities, behavioral health in primary care settings, ethics, and primary care practice improvement. He was also very active the institutional and regional responses to COVID-19, and has worked in a variety of areas related to cancer (cancer communication, screening, tobacco control). He also serves as a course director and core faculty member in the Upstate Public Health/MPH program. Dr. Morley previously served as the director of the Central Region Office of the New York State AHEC System from 2010 - 2016. He is involved in Upstate's Cancer Center through the Cancer Center Research Committee, and serves as the Chair of Upstate's Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Morley has led or co-led grants from HRSA, NIMH, the New York State Health Foundation, the New York State Department of Health, and a variety of other sources. He presently leads a grant from the Associated Medical Schools of NYS to fund the Public Health Scholars program, designed to bring disadvantaged students into medicine via a special pathway through public health.

In addition to local roles, Dr. Morley is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Peer-reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER), an online medical education journal sponsored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Disability and Health Journal and the Journal of Patient-Centered Research & Reviews, and was previously on the editorial board of the journal Family Medicine.

Representative publications include:

For a full list of publications, please see either Dr. Morley's PubMed Bibliography or his Google Scholar page.



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