Senior Research Associate

Dr April Morrow

Medicine & Health
School of Population Health

Dr April Morrow is an early career researcher with experience in implementation science and behavioural research. Her PhD was an in-depth process evaluation of a randomised controlled trial testing approaches to improve detection of Lynch syndrome among colorectal cancer patients. Her current work focusses on the implementation of precision oncology into the health system via a novel, multidisciplinary model of care. 

As a practicing cancer genetic counsellor, Dr Morrow is passionate about understanding and improving the uptake of evidence-based practices within health systems, particularly in the hereditary cancer setting.  

  • Journal articles | 2023
    Morrow A; Speechly C; Young AL; Tucker K; Harris R; Poplawski N; Andrews L; Nguyen Dumont T; Kirk J; Southey MC; Willis A, 2023, '“Out of the blue”: A qualitative study exploring the experiences of women and next of kin receiving unexpected results from BRA-STRAP research gene panel testing', Journal of Genetic Counseling, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jgc4.1803
    Journal articles | 2023
    Morrow A; Steinberg J; Chan P; Tiernan G; Kennedy E; Egoroff N; Hilton D; Sankey L; Venchiarutti R; Hayward A; Pearn A; McKay S; Debono D; Hogden E; Taylor N, 2023, 'In person and virtual process mapping experiences to capture and explore variability in clinical practice: application to genetic referral pathways across seven Australian hospital networks', Translational Behavioral Medicine, 13, pp. 561 - 570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibad009
    Journal articles | 2022
    Morrow A; Chan P; Tiernan G; Steinberg J; Debono D; Wolfenden L; Tucker KM; Hogden E; Taylor N, 2022, 'Building capacity from within: Qualitative evaluation of a training program aimed at upskilling healthcare workers in delivering an evidence-based implementation approach', Translational Behavioral Medicine, 12, pp. 39 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibab094
    Journal articles | 2022
    Steinberg J; Chan P; Hogden E; Tiernan G; Morrow A; Kang YJ; He E; Venchiarutti R; Titterton L; Sankey L; Pearn A; Nichols C; McKay S; Hayward A; Egoroff N; Engel A; Gibbs P; Goodwin A; Harris M; Kench JG; Pachter N; Parkinson B; Pockney P; Ragunathan A; Smyth C; Solomon M; Steffens D; Toh JWT; Wallace M; Canfell K; Gill A; Macrae F; Tucker K; Taylor N, 2022, 'Lynch syndrome testing of colorectal cancer patients in a high-income country with universal healthcare: a retrospective study of current practice and gaps in seven australian hospitals', Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13053-022-00225-1
    Journal articles | 2022
    Tiernan G; Freeman V; Morrow A; Hogden E; Canfell K; Kang YJ; Taylor N, 2022, 'What would I do? Perspectives on the factors underlying Lynch syndrome genetic testing and results sharing decisions for high-risk colorectal cancer patients', Psycho-Oncology, 31, pp. 587 - 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.5840
    Journal articles | 2021
    Edge R; Meyers J; Tiernan G; Li Z; Schiavuzzi A; Chan P; Vassallo A; Morrow A; Mazariego C; Wakefield CE; Canfell K; Taylor N, 2021, 'Cancer care disruption and reorganisation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia: A patient, carer and healthcare worker perspective', PLoS ONE, 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257420
    Journal articles | 2021
    Meiser B; Kaur R; Morrow A; Peate M; Wong WKT; McPike E; Cops E; Nichols C; Austin R; Fine M; Thrupp L; Ward R; Macrae F; Hiller JE; Trainer AH; Mitchell G; Susman R; Pachter N; Goodwin A; James PA; Mascarenhas L; Morton C; Shanley S; Young MA; Andrews L; Morrow EA; Tucker K; Lindeman G; Mascarenhas L; Morton C; Field M; Goodwin A; Monnik M; Poplawski N; Delatycki M; John T; Harris M; Kerr R; Vora B, 2021, 'Impact of national guidelines on use of BRCA1/2 germline testing, risk management advice given to women with pathogenic BRCA1/2 variants and uptake of advice', Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13053-021-00180-3
    Journal articles | 2021
    Morrow A; Chan P; Tucker KM; Taylor N, 2021, 'The design, implementation, and effectiveness of intervention strategies aimed at improving genetic referral practices: a systematic review of the literature', Genetics in Medicine, 23, pp. 2239 - 2249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41436-021-01272-0
    Journal articles | 2021
    Southey MC; Dowty JG; Riaz M; Steen JA; Renault AL; Tucker K; Kirk J; James P; Winship I; Pachter N; Poplawski N; Grist S; Park DJ; Pope BJ; Mahmood K; Hammet F; Mahmoodi M; Tsimiklis H; Theys D; Rewse A; Willis A; Morrow A; Speechly C; Harris R; Sebra R; Schadt E; Lacaze P; McNeil JJ; Giles GG; Milne RL; Hopper JL; Nguyen-Dumont T, 2021, 'Population-based estimates of breast cancer risk for carriers of pathogenic variants identified by gene-panel testing', npj Breast Cancer, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41523-021-00360-3
    Journal articles | 2020
    Meiser B; Kaur R; Kirk J; Morrow A; Peate M; Wong WKT; McPike E; Cops E; Dowson C; Austin R; Fine M; Thrupp L; Ward R; Macrae F; Hiller JE; Trainer AH; Mitchell G; Susman R; Pachter N; Goodwin A; James P; Mascarenhas L; Morton C; Shanley S; Young MA; Andrews L; Morrow EA; Tucker K; Lindeman G; Field M; Monnik M; Poplawski N; Delatycki M; John T; Harris M; Kerr R; Vora B, 2020, 'Evaluation of implementation of risk management guidelines for carriers of pathogenic variants in mismatch repair genes: a nationwide audit of familial cancer clinics', Familial Cancer, 19, pp. 337 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10689-020-00183-4
    Journal articles | 2020
    Morrow A; Parkinson B; Kang YJ; Hogden E; Canfell K; Taylor N, 2020, 'The health and economic impact of implementation strategies for improving detection of hereditary cancer patients—protocol for an in-depth cost-effectiveness evaluation with microsimulation modelling', Implementation Science Communications, 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s43058-020-00058-w
    Journal articles | 2020
    Morrow A; Tucker KM; Shaw TJ; Parkinson B; Abraham C; Wolfenden L; Taylor N, 2020, 'Understanding implementation success: Protocol for an in-depth, mixed-methods process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled trial testing methods to improve detection of Lynch syndrome in Australian hospitals', BMJ Open, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033552
    Journal articles | 2020
    Taylor N; Healey E; Morrow A; Greening S; Wakefield CE; Warwick L; Williams R; Tucker KM, 2020, 'Aligning intuition and theory: enhancing the replicability of behaviour change interventions in cancer genetics', Implementation Science Communications, 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s43058-020-00054-0
    Journal articles | 2019
    Morrow A; Hogden E; Kang YJ; Steinberg J; Canfell K; Solomon MJ; Kench JG; Gill AJ; Shaw T; Pachter N; Parkinson B; Wolfenden L; Mitchell G; Macrae F; Tucker K; Taylor N, 2019, 'Comparing theory and non-theory based implementation approaches to improving referral practices in cancer genetics: A cluster randomised trial protocol', Trials, 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3457-6
    Journal articles | 2018
    Morrow A; Jacobs C; Best M; Greening S; Tucker K, 2018, 'Genetics in palliative oncology: a missing agenda? A review of the literature and future directions', Supportive Care in Cancer, 26, pp. 721 - 730, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-4017-9
    Journal articles | 2016
    Morrow A; Seeho S; Barlow-Stewart K; Fleming J; Meiser B; Karatas J, 2016, 'Referral of patients for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis: A survey of obstetricians', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 56, pp. 585 - 590, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajo.12522
  • Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Tu N-D; Dowty J; Tucker K; Kirk J; James P; Trainer A; Winship I; Pachter N; Poplawski N; Grist S; Park DJ; Renault A-L; Hammet F; Mahmoodi M; Tsimiklis H; Steen JA; Theys D; Rewse A; Willis A; Morrow A; Speechly C; Harris R; Riaz M; Sebra R; Schadt E; Lacaze P; McNeil J; Hopper JL; Southey MC, 2021, 'Population-based estimates of breast cancer risk for germline pathogenic variants identified by gene-panel testing: An Australian perspective', in CANCER RESEARCH, AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH, Vol. 81, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000618737701097&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Nguyen-Dumont T; Dowty J; Tucker K; Kirk J; James P; Trainer A; Winship I; Pachter N; Poplawski N; Grist S; Park DJ; Renault A-L; Hammet F; Mahmoodi M; Tsimiklis H; Steen JA; Theys D; Rewse A; Willis A; Morrow A; Speechly C; Harris R; Riaz M; Sebra R; Schadt E; Lacaze P; McNeil J; Hopper JL; Southey MC, 2020, 'Population-based estimates of breast cancer risk for germline pathogenic variants identified by gene-panel testing: An Australian perspective', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, pp. 85 - 85, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000790145400063&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2014
    James PA; Petelin L; Campbell I; Dawkins H; Fox S; Hiller J; Kirk J; Lindeman G; Macrae F; Mascarenhas L; McGaughran J; Meiser B; Morrow A; Nichols C; Pachter N; Saunders C; Scott C; Poplawski N; Thrupp L; Trainer A; Ward R; Young M-A; Mitchell G, 2014, 'THE INHERITED CANCER CONNECT (ICCON) MUTATION-CARRIER DATABASE', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 167 - 168, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000345350900279&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1