Holly E.R. Morrell, PhD, MA

Director of Clinical Training (PhD Program)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Contact Information

Email hmorrell@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-7221
Fax 909-558-0171

Department of Psychology
Loma Linda University, Central Building, Office 120
11130 Anderson St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

The Smoking Cessation and Prevention Laboratory

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology - Texas Tech University, 2007
  • MA, Psychology - Texas Tech University, 2004

Areas of Specialization

  • Adolescent cigarette smoking prevention
  • E-cigarette use
  • Smoking cessation and mental illness
  • Addiction
  • Advanced multivariate analysis

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Psychologist, State of California (PSY26774)
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  • Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Golden Key National Honor Society

Recent Publications

  • Mathews, C. L., Morrell, H. E. R., & Molle, J. E. (2018). Video game addiction, ADHD symptomatology, and video game category reinforcement level. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1080/00952990.2018.1472269
  • Lee, H. J., Tran, D. D., Mathews, C. L., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2018). Smoking, ADHD, and problematic video game use: A structural modeling approach. Cyberpsychology, Social Networking, and Behavior. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2017.0429
  • Emerson, N. D., Morrell, H. E. R., Neece, C. L., Tapanes, D., & Distelberg, B. J. (2018). Longitudinal model predicting self-concept in pediatric chronic illness. Family Process. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12361
  • Hilton, B. T., Betancourt, H., Morrell, H. E. R., Lee, H. J., & Doegey, J. A. (2018). Substance abuse among American Indians and Alaska Natives: An integrative cultural framework for advancing research. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-017-9869-1
  • Emerson, N. D., Morrell, H. E. R., Boyd, K., & Distelberg, B. J. (in press). Preliminary validation of a self-efficacy scale for pediatric chronic illness. Child: Care, Health & Development.
  • Herbozo, S. M., Stevens, S. D., Moldovan, C., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2017). Positive comments, negative outcomes? The potential downsides of appearance-related commentary in ethnically diverse women. Body Image, 21, 6-14.
  • Stevens, S. D., Herbozo, S. M., Morrell, H. E. R., Schaefer, L. M., & Thompson, J. K. (2016). Adult and childhood weight influence body image and depression through weight stigmatization. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105315624749.
  • Emerson, N. D., Distelberg, B. J., Morrell, H. E. R., Williams-Reade, J., Tapanes, D., & Montgomery, S. (2015). Quality of life and school absenteeism in chronically ill adolescents. Journal of School Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1059840515615401.
  • Emerson, N. D., Morrell, H. E. R., & Neece, C. L. (2015). Can having a medical home predict age of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2555-x.
  • Brown, W., D’Errico, E., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2015). The Youth Alternative Solutions Program: Evaluating a hospital-based intervention for adolescent substance use. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 26(1), 32-40.
  • Morrell, H. E. R., Lapsley, D. K., & Halpern-Felsher, B. L. (2015). Subjective invulnerability and perceptions of tobacco-related benefits influence adolescent smoking behavior. Journal of Early Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0272431615578274.
  • Razani, N., Hilton, J. F., Halpern-Felsher, B. L., Okumura, M. J., Morrell, H. E. R., & Yen, I. H. (2015). Neighborhood characteristics and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Results of a national study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 19(9), 731-740.
  • Brady, S. S., Morrell, H. E. R., Song, A. V., & Halpern-Felsher, B. L. (2013). Longitudinal study of adolescents' attempts to promote and deter friends' smoking behavior. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(6), 772-777.
  • Sutfin, E. L., McCoy, T. P., Morrell, H. E. R., Hoeppner, B. B., & Wolfson, M. (2013). Electronic cigarette use by college students. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 131(3), 214-221.
  • Wolf, H., Morrell, H. E. R., & Halpern-Felsher, B. L. (2013). Identification and characterization of adolescents' sexual boundaries. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(1), 85-90.  
  • Richards, C. S., Cohen, L. M., Morrell, H. E. R., Watson, N. L., & Low, B. E. (2013). Treating depressed and anxious smokers in smoking cessation programs. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(2), 263-273.

Recent Presentations

  • Mahtani, N., Emerson, N. D, Morrell, H. E. R., Neece, C., Boyd, K. C., & Distelberg, B. (2017, August). Preliminary validation of the pediatric rating of chronic illness self-efficacy. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Tran, D. D., Morrell, H. E. R., Mathews, C. L., Jhawar, A., & Artinyan, E. G. (2017, August). E-cigarette use, video game addiction, and nicotine dependence. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Emerson, N. D, Mahtani, N., Morrell, H. E. R., Neece, C., Boyd, K. C., & Distelberg, B. (2017, May). Predictors of self-efficacy in pediatric chronic illness: The role of race, parent education, and   self-reported depression. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.
  • Lee, H. J., Tran, D. D., Cosanella, T., Youkhaneh, N., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2017, April). Cigarette smoking, video game use, and enjoyment of video games. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.
  • Mathews, C. L., Morrell, H. E. R., Tran, D., Molle, J. E., Artinyan, E. G., & Jhawar, A. (2017, April). Video game addiction, video game use, and cigarette smoking. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.
  • Emerson, N. D., Morrell, H. E. R., Neece, C. L., & Distelberg, B. (2017, March). Multi-level model of self-concept, depression, and parent-child attachment in pediatric chronic illness. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR. 
  • Tran, D. D., Brown, W. G., Lee, S., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2016, May). Mediators of the relationship between filial piety and adolescent drinking. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • Lee, H. J., Hilton, B., Betancourt, H., Morrell, H. E. R., & Flynn, P. (2016, March). Substance abuse among American Indians and Alaska Natives: An integrative conceptual model for advancing research. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Emerson, N. D., Distelberg, B., Morrell, H. E. R., & Tapanes, D. (2016, March). The effect of parent-rated quality of life on school attendance in children with a chronic illness. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. 
  • Mathews, C. L., Morrell, H. E. R., Molle, J. E., Mathews, D. L., Artinyan, E., & Johnson, B. (2015, August). Video game addiction, ADHD symptomatology, and video game category reinforcement level. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Wolfe, M. M., Boyd, K., Westbrook, C., Boyd, J., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2015, May). Fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis: The relationship between pain, depression and family health. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Hilton, B., Finlay., M., McDonnell, M., Doegey, J., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2015, May). The effects of income, education, and poverty on binge drinking in the American Indian population. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.
  • Emerson, N. D., Distelberg, B., Morrell, H. E. R., Williams-Reade, J., Tapanes, D., & Montgomery, S. (2015). Quality of life and school absenteeism in chronically ill adolescents. Paper presented at the Counseling and Family Sciences Student Research Conference: Families, Communities, and Health, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Emerson, N. D., Morrell, H. E. R., & Neece, C. L. (2015, April). Predictors of age of diagnosis for children with autism spectrum disorder: The role of a consistent source of medical care, race and condition severity. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Brown, W. N., Artinyan., E. G., Jhawar, A., Johnson, B., Mathews, C., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2015, February). Adolescents’ understanding of addiction may predict smoking outcome expectancies. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Brown, W. N., Mathews, C., Johnson, B., Jhawar, A., Artinyan, E. G., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2015, February). Does an adolescent’s understanding of addiction predict their willingness or intentions to smoke cigarettes? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hinkle, A., Morrell, H. E. R., Martinez, A., Terzyan, S., & Smith, A. (2014, August). Heart- focused anxiety and adherence: Predictors of cardiac rehabilitation attendance. Poster presented at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.   
  • Hilton, B., Finlay, M., & Morrell, H. E. R. (2014, May). Early head start increases parental involvement and cognitive development in children. Poster presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA. 
  • McDonnell, M., Azizoddin, D., Owen, J., Morrell., H. E. R., Thornton, A., & Stanton, A. (2014, February). Cancer stress, negative emotions, physical health, and needs for assistance among individuals with lung cancer. Poster presented at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Gottlieb, J. C., Morrell, H. E. R., Watson, N. L., Sustaíta, M., Haslam, A. K., & Cohen, L. M. (2013, March). Differences between smokers and dual users on expectancies for cigarette smoking. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Boston, MA.
  • VanderVeen, J. W., Watson, N. L., Morrell, H. E. R., & Cohen, L. M. (2013, March). The influence of binge drinking status on changes in appetitive, affective, and reinforcement expectancies among a nicotine dependent college-aged sample. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Boston, MA.
  • Kamper, J. E., Hinkle, A., Martinez, A., Regts, G., Terzyan, S., Hanson, E., Morrell, H., & Ropacki, S. (2013, February). Health, cognitive, and psychosocial predictors of neuropsychological status in cardiac patients. Poster presented at the 41st annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, HI.