Kelly R. Morton, PhD, MA | School of Behavioral Health | Loma Linda University
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Dr. Kelly Morton

Professor, Psychology
Professor, 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

  • 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

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 and Presentations

Publications

  • Morton, K., Distelberg, B., Montgomery, S., Stephenson, J. (2019). Depression Treatment Recommendations at an Integrated Federally Qualified Health Center: A Mixed Methods, Ethnic-Linguistic Analysis. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
  • Steele, E., Angkadjaja, W., Simon, L., Lee, H., Morton, K., & Chakos, A. (2019). Naloxone Knowledge: Saving Lives, Satisfying Laws. Loma Linda University Student Journal.
  • Yee, M., Hrdina, R., Chi, R., Nicolaza, G., Villanueva, S., Davis, S., Lee, H., Ngozi, E., Maged, M., Shannon, K., & Morton, K. (2019). Improving Continuity and Empanelment in the Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium Family Medicine Residency Clinic at SAC Health System in San Bernardino. Loma Linda University Student Journal.
  • Chin, E., Brougher, A., Jaqua, E., Nguyen, V., Hanna, M., Dawes, J., & Morton, K. (2019). Identifying Strategies to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Rates in a Federally Qualified Health Center. Loma Linda University Student Journal.
  • Morton, K.R., Tanzini, L., & Lee, J. (2019). Adult Life Satisfaction: The Role of Forgiveness after Childhood Sexual Abuse. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 58 (10), 138-152. Doi: 10.1111/JSSR.12575.
  • Singh, P., Moses, O., Rea, B., Medina, E., Estevez, D., Gaio, J., Hubbard, M., Morton, K.R., & Job, J. (2018). Participation in Workplace Smoking Cessation Program incentivized by lowering the cost of Health Care Coverage: Findings from the Loma Linda Health BREATHE Cohort. Tobacco Induced Diseases.
  • Morton, K.R. (2018). Resident Health Literacy and Empathic Communications Predict Diabetes Outcomes. Family Medicine.
  • Mathis, M., Morton, K.R., Neece, C., Marie-Mitchell, A., & Wilson, C. (2017). Adverse Childhood Experiences Effect on Adult Mental Health: Discrimination Moderation in Black and European Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Carney, P.A., Waller, E., Dexter, E., Marino, M., Morton, K., Green, L., Fogarty, C.T., Jones, S., Eiff, M.P.  (2017). Team Training in Family Medicine Residency Programs and Its Impact on Team-based Practice Post Graduation. Family Medicine, 49(5), 346-52.
  • 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.

Presentations

  • Yee, M., Hrdina, R., Chi, R., Gonzalez, N., Villaneuva, S., Davis, S., Lee, H., Ezinwa, M., Melek, M., Shannon, K., & Morton, K. (2019). Improving Continuity and Empanelment in the Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium Family Medicine Residency Clinic at SAC Health System in San Bernardino. Poster presentation at the Loma Linda University Alumni Postgraduate Convention, March, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Steele, E., Angkadjaj, W., Simon, L., Lee, H., Morton, K., & Chakos, A. (2019). Naloxone Knowledge: Saving Lives, Satisfying Laws. Poster presentation at the Loma Linda University Alumni Postgraduate Convention, March, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Chakos, A. & Morton, K. (2019). Mid Life and Later: Self-Forgiveness Modifies the effect of Risky Family Exposure on Emotion Dysregulation. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, April, Pasadena, CA.
  • Tan, A. & Morton, K. (2019). Adverse Childhood Experiences and Depressive Symptoms: Protective Effects of Dietary Flavonoids. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, April, Pasadena, CA.
  • Kramer, K. & Morton, K. (2019). The Mind-Body Connection: Depression Symptoms Predict Allostatic Load 3-5 Years Later in Life. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, April, Pasadena, CA.
  • Lee., H & Morton, K. (2019). Improving Opioid Safety with Team Based Care. Poster Presentation at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, April, Toronto, ON.
  • Tran, M., Morton, K. R., & Reichert, D. (2018). Improving Continuity of Care in a Family Medicine Residency FQHC Clinic. Poster Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, May, Washington, DC.
  • Chakos, A., Seto, J., & Morton, K.R. (2018). Forgiveness Moderates the Protective Effect of Religion on the Discrimination-Mental Health Relationship in African Americans. Poster Presentation at the Religion in Society Research Conference, April, Berkeley, CA.
  • Kramer, K., Morton, K.R., & Chakos, A. (2018). The Relationship between ACEs and Depression as Moderated by Waist-Hip Ratio. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, April, Portland, OR.
  • Chakos, A. & Morton, K.R. (2018). Risky Family Exposure, Forgiveness, and Emotion Regulation in Seventh-day Adventist Adults. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, April, Portland, OR.
  • Tan, A. & Morton, K.R. (2018). The Relationship between Dietary Polyphenol Intake and Depressive Symptoms. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, April, Portland, OR.
  • Morton, K.R. (2018). Integrated Behavioral Health and Risk Screening in Chronic Opioid Therapy Patients in Family Medicine. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, April, Portland, OR.
  • Heisler, M., Cho, J., Crounse, J., & Morton, K.R. (2018). Anemia as a Risk Factor for In-Hospital Mortality among Adult Medical Patients at a Rural Malawian Hospital. Poster presentation at the Loma Linda University Alumni Postgraduate Convention, March, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Tran, M., Reichert, D., & Morton, K.R. (2018). Small Steps Lead to Big Changes: Increasing Continuity of Care at a Residency Clinic. Poster Presentation at the Family Medicine Clinical Forum, April, Monterey, CA.
  • Cho, J., Heisler, M., Khoromana, O., Crounse, J., & Morton, K.R. (2018). The Effect of Anemia on Hospital Length of Stay among Adult Medical Patients at a Rural Malawian Hospital. Poster presentation at the Loma Linda University Alumni Postgraduate Convention, March, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Burks, E., Lee, J.W., Lee, L.S., Morton, K.R., & Dos Santos, H. (2018). Effect of the Seventh-day Sabbath on Cortisol in Men and Women. Poster Presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, November, San Diego, CA.
  • McClintock, J. & Morton, K.R. (2018). The Effective Integration of Behavioral Health Practicum Students in a Primary Care Residency Clinic. Poster Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, May, Washington, DC.
  • Elsen, K., Bolivar, G., Serna, N., McClintock, J., & Morton, K.R. (2017). A Quality Improvement Project: Enhancing the integration of behavioral health services in primary care by addressing lifestyle-related diseases.  Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.
  • Mondala, M., Henry, G., Rea, B., & Morton, K.R. (2017). Evaluation of a primary care physician-led smoking cessation program. Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, May, San Diego, CA.
  • Geimer, E., Tan, A., & Morton, K.R. (2017). Crowding out Health: The Effects of Childhood Crowding on Late Life Allostatic Load. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.
  • Tan, A. & Morton, K.R. (2017). Gender and Gratitude Moderate the Cancer and Mental Health Relationship. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.
  • Chakos, A., Tan, A., & Morton, K.R. (2017). Forgiveness after Risky Family Exposure and Depression in Older Adults. Poster Presentation at the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.
  • Cho, J. & Morton, K.R. (2017). Health literacy communication skills: Do your patients with diabetes understand your treatment plan? Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, May, San Diego, CA.
  • Hernandez, A., Reichert, D., Lee, H., Simon, L., Shannon, K., & Morton, K.R. (2017). Making an IMPACT- Teams Leading Change in a FQHC. Poster Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Practice Improvement, Louisville, KY.
  • Cho, J., Ihuoma, C., Flynn, P., & Morton, K.R. (2017). A Team-Based Approach to Improving Patient Understanding. Presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, May, San Diego, CA.
  • 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.

Community Engagement

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