A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Kelly R. Morton, PhD, MA

Dr. Kelly Morton

Professor, Department of Psychology
Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine

Contact Information

Email kmorton@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-8721
Fax 909-558-0171

Department of Psychology, Ste. 4 (upstairs)
Loma Linda University
11108 Anderson St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Life-Span Developmental Psychology - Bowling Green State University, 1992
  • MA, General Experimental Psychology - Wake Forest University, 1985

Areas of Specialization

  • Relationship between early life stress, negative emotions, and physical health outcomes
  • Stress and health
  • Social support and health
  • Religion and health
  • Care quality in primary care
  • Primary care psychology

Licenses and Professional Memberships

  • North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Society for Teachers in Family Medicine
  • American Psychological Association (Division 20, Adulthood and Aging)
  • American Psychological Society
  • Western Psychological Association
  • Psi Chi
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Recent Publications

  • Morton, K.R., Lee, J., & Martin, L.  (2016). Pathways from Religion to Health: Mediation by Psychosocial and Lifestyle Mechanisms. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
  • Hemmy Asamsama, O., Lee, J. W., Morton, K. R., & Tonstad, S. (2015). Bidirectional longitudinal study of type 2 diabetes and depression in older Black and White church going adults. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, 14(25). doi: 10.1186/s40200-015-0150-5.
  • Holt, M.E., Lee, J.W., Morton, K.R., & Tonstad, S. (2014). Mediterranean diet and emotion regulation. Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, 8 (1), 163-172. DOI:  10.3233/MNM-140016.
  • Hemmy Asamsama, O., Lee, J. W., Morton, K. R., & Tonstad, S. (2014). Validity of type 2 diabetes self-reports among Black and White church going adults. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 4(12), 286-293.
  • Przekop, P., Haviland, M.G., Oda, K., & Morton, K.R. (2014). Prevalence and correlates of pain interference in older adults: Why treating the whole body and mind is necessary. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. Advance online publication.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2014.04.011.
  • Przekop P., Haviland M.G., Zhao Y., Oda K., Morton K.R., Fraser G.E. (2012). 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.
  • Morton, K.R., Lee, J.W., Haviland, M.G., & Fraser, G.W. (2012). Religious engagement in a risky family model predicting health in older Black and White Seventh-day Adventists. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Advance online publication.  Doi: 10.1037/a0027553.

Recent Presentations

  • Simon, L., Morton, K.R., Ward, D., & Halverson, S. (2016). Team Communication: Outpatient Chronic Pain Management. Poster presentation at the Loma Linda University Alumni Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA, March 4, 2016.
  • Mitchell, C.N., Morton, K.R., & Lohr, J. (2016). Family Medicine Faculty vs. Residents Obesity Counseling Rates: Does an Educational Intervention Help? Poster presentation at the Loma Linda University Alumni Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA, March 4, 2016.
  • Morrell, T., Morton, K.R., & Mohr, G.J. (2016). Effects of an online teaching module on understanding Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders at a multispecialty, multidisciplinary academic medical center. Poster presentation at the Loma Linda University Alumni Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA, March 4, 2016.
  • Nair, T., Morton, K.R., & Ward, D. (2016). Length of stay and discharge after structured interdisciplinary rounds. Presentation at the California Association of Family Practice, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mitchell, C., Simon, L., & Morton, K.R. (2016). An Educational Intervention to Improve Obesity Counseling Rates in a Family Medicine Residency Clinic: Does PGY Year Influence Improvement? Poster presentation at the California Association of Family Practice, San Francisco, CA.
  • Lohr, J., Lee, H., Cho, J. & Morton, K.R. (2016). A Comparison of the Misgav-Ladach Caesarean Section and the Traditional Techniques at a Nigerian Hospital: A Retrospective Chart Audit Study. Poster presentation at the California Association of Family Practice, San Francisco, CA.
  • Dautenhahn, K. & Morton, K.R. (2016). Trauma types and perceptions of social support later in life. Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Long Beach, CA.
  • Tan, A. & Morton, K.R. (2016). Gratitude and Depression: A Longitudinal Study on Cancer Survivors. Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Long Beach, CA. WPA Zimbardo Student Research Award Winner.
  • Mathis, M. & Morton, K.R. (2016). Depressive and anxious symptoms following ACE and Discrimination Exposures. Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Long Beach, CA. 
  • Do, N. & Morton, K.R. (2016). Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Long Beach, CA. 
  • Lee, H.O., Morton, K.R., & Shannon, K. (2016). Transitioning Your Residency Program to an FQHC. Lecture and Discussion Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Convention, May, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Mathis, M., & Morton, K.R. (2016). Risk and Resilience after Adverse Childhood Experiences: Discrimination vs. Support. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Convention in Denver, CO. Division 56 award winner.
  • Lohr, J., Cho, J., & Morton, K.R. (2016). Introduction of the Misgav-Ladach Caesarean Section Technique to a Nigerian Teaching Hospital. Poster presentation at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, November 13-17, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Tan, A., & Morton, K.R. (2015). Finding Meaning and Purpose through Gratitude: A Study on Cancer Survivors. Presentation at the Counseling and Family Sciences Student Research Conference: Families, Communities, and Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Morton, K.R., Do, N., Tan, A., Dautenhahn, K. & Mathis, M. (2015). Trauma Exposure and Comorbidity in Middle to Late Adulthood: Does Spiritual Meaning matter? Presentation at the Counseling and Family Sciences Student Research Conference: Families, Communities, and Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, May 8.
  • Mathis, M., & Morton, K.R. (2015). Adverse childhood experiences and self-esteem moderation by attachment bond. Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2.
  • Do, N., & Morton, K.R. (2015). Early financial stress predicts comorbidities via allostatic load. Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2.
  • Dautenhahn, K., & Morton, K.R. (2015). Sexual assault a different type of trauma? Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2.
  • Morton, K.R., Lee, J., & Bellinger, D. (2015). Adverse childhood experiences and emotional regulation predict allostatic load. Presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 1.
  • Stinnett, R., & Morton, K.R. (2015). Implementing a Resident Wellness Committee: What We Did & What We Learned. Poster presentation at the STFM Conference, Orlando, FL.  
  • Sporrong, J., Miller, C., Mitchell, C., Morton, K.R., & Simon, L. (2015). Patient Continuity at the Cornerstone Community Health Free Clinic after the Affordable Care Act. Poster presentation at the California Academy of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly, April 25-26, San Francisco, CA.
  • Lo, A., Miller, C., Mitchell, C., & Morton, K.R. (2015). Effects of Affordable Care Act Implementation on a Free Clinic Population in an Underserved California County. Poster presentation at American College of Preventive Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lee, H., Ward, D., Kim, J., Morton, K.R., Chen, J. (2014). Code Blue and OB Simulations to Assess TEAMSTEPPS Communication Skills. Presentation at the STFM Conference on Practice Improvement, Orlando, FL.
  • Labib, W., Jih, W., Kim, C., & Morton, K.R. (2014). Multidisciplinary Team Care of Chronic Disease Populations. Poster presentation at the AAMC Convention, Chicago, IL, Nov, 8.
  • Miller, C., Mitchell, C., Heisler, M., & Morton, K.R. (2014). Patient Utilization of Free Clinic Services Before and After ‘Obamacare’. Presentation in the Health Disparity category at the 11th Annual GME Education Conference, October 9, Lake Arrowhead Resort.
  • Kothari, P., & Morton, K.R. (2014). The influence of Age and Emotion Regulation on Sleep Quality in Seventh Day Adventist Older Adults. Poster Presentation at the American Psychological Society Convention, San Francisco, CA.
  • Silber, B., Morton, K.R., & Kothari, P. (2014). The Impact of Physical Activity on Depressed Mood in Middle Aged & Older Seventh-day Adventists. Poster Presentation at the Loma Linda University Annual Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Rae, B., Orlich, M., & Morton, K.R. (2014). Needs and Resource Assessment for an Integrative Medicine Curriculum in Primary Care Residency Programs at Loma Linda University Health. Poster Presentation at the Loma Linda University Annual Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Morton, K.R., Lee, J. & Martin, L. (2014). Religion and Health Mediation by Psychosocial and Lifestyle Mechanisms. Presentation at the Western Psychological Association Convention, Portland, OR.
  • Morton, K.R., Stinnett, R., Lee, H.O., & Shannon, K. (2013). Huddle Simulation Efficacy in Residency Team Based Communication Training. Presentation at the STFM Practice Improvement Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Simon, L., Brinkhaus, N., Morton, K.R. (2013). Low Back Pain: Raising the Bar for Team Based Communication. Presentation at the STFM Practice Improvement Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Silber, B.J., Fraser, G.E., & Morton, K.R. (2013). Convergent validity of self-reported physical activity. Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association, Reno, NV.
  • Morton, K.R., Kothari, P., & Terzyan, S. (2013). Dietary health behaviors and religiousness effects on depressive symptoms in older Seventh-day Adventists. Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, Reno, NV.
  • Draper, T.L. & Morton, K.R. (2013). Cardio-protective psychosocial factors in older adults: The Reserve Capacity Model. Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, Reno, NV.
  • Stinnett, R. & Morton, K.R. (2013). The effectiveness of a feedback protocol on improvements in patient-centered communication. Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
  • Simon, L., Morton, K.R., Kim, H., Randhawa, S., & Lee, H. (2013). P4 family medicine and family medicine/preventive medicine residency program admission differences. Poster presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
  • Simon, L., Morton, K.R., & Jih, W. (2012). Beyond the huddle and towards the goal line: Flowstations to improve patient cycle time. Presentation at the STFM Conference on Practice Improvement, Greenville, SC.
  • Haviland, M.G., Przekop, P., Oda, K., & Morton, K.R. (2012, September). Pain interference in the lives of older adults. Poster presented at the American Academy of Pain Management, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Jochai, D., Sonne, J.L., Morton, K.R., Vermeersch, D.A., Stacey, D.G. (2012, August). An empirical investigation of ethical decision-making regarding nonsexual multiple relationships. Paper presented at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Osborn, J., Morton, K., & Lee, H. (2012). P4 (Preparing the personal physician for practice) innovation: Four year innovation in family and preventive medicine. Poster presentation at the STFM conference.

Community Engagement

  • SAC Health Systems FQHC - Special Projects and Research Committee (2013-present)