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Christopher Morley, PhD, MA

2262 Weiskotten Hall
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chair of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Vice Chair of Family Medicine




Cancer Research Program
Family Medicine
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Health Disparities, Medical Sociology, Med Education, Ethics, Research Methods, Behavioral Health, Genetics


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 also serves 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 also serves as a course director and core faculty member in the Central New York Master of Public Health (CNYMPH) program. Dr. Morley previously served as the director of the Central Region Office of the New York State AHEC System from 2010 - 2016, and currently acts as an advisor for that office. 

His current funding includes:

  • a grant from the NYS Department of Health (via CDC funding) to improve cancer screening rates in safety net primary care clinics throughout western and central New York;
  • a subaward from the University of Rochester to explore the effects of quality-of-life surveys implented through the Epic electronic health records system on menopause symptoms;
  • a contract with the Spina Bifida Association of America to conduct national surveys of adults with Spina Bifida;
  • service as the Evaluation Director for the Disabilities Research and Dissemination Center (DRDC).

Dr. Morley was also co-principal investigator of a subaward from the University of Southern California on the "Genomic Psychiatry Cohort" grant (NIMH 5R01MH085548), completed in 2014, and is the founding director of the "Scholarly Pairings for Academic and Research Collaboration" (SPARC) program. He was also the project director and principle investigator of a HRSA Academic Administrative Units grant (more recent project ID: D54HP23297) from 2008-2017.

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 Family Medicine and the Disability and Health Journal.

Representative publications include:



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