Dr Sue Morris
Course Coordinator and Lecturer

Dr Sue Morris


Dr. Sue Morris is a university lecturer with a passion for enhancing students’ success and wellbeing, emphasising positive psychology and resilience. She completed her undergraduate studies and PhD in Developmental Psychology at UNSW Sydney, where she has worked as a lecturer in the School of Psychology, as well as in staff development for educators. Over 25 years of undergraduate teaching, she has focused on developing innovative and engaging learning experiences for students, emphasising collaboration and connectedness. Her interest and expertise in enhancing student learning has been recognised through numerous awards, including the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the UNSW Faculty of Science Staff Excellence Award in Sessional Teaching, as well as an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She is the lead author of the book The Rubber Brain: A toolkit for optimising your study, work, and life, which, together with her courses on wellbeing, are designed to help university students (and others) to optimise their thinking and behaviour. She applies psychological literacy in her teaching, with a goal to “optimise the world, one Psychology student at a time”.


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Morris, S., Cranney, J., Baldwin, P., Mellish, L., & Krochmalik, A. (2018) The Rubber Brain: A toolkit for optimising your study, work, and life! Australian Academic Press, QLD.


Morris, S., Norris, K., & Cranney, J. Psychological Literacy. In Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology, D.S. Dunn (Ed.). New York. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Cranney, J., & Morris, S. (2021). Psychological literacy in undergraduate psychology education and beyond. P. Graf & D. Dozois (Eds.). Handbook on the state of the art in applied psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Richmond, J., Cranney, J., Pather, N., Morris, S., LeBard, R., & Sidhu. (2020, v.January 30). Healthy universities: Supporting student self-management, success and wellbeing through curricular approaches – Course coordinator manual. Unpublished manuscript, UNSW Sydney.

Cranney, J., Morris, S., Krebs-Lazendic, L., & Hutton-Bedbrook, K. (2020). Back to the education future – evidence-based student-centred approaches to online curriculum design and delivery. S. McKenzie, M. Mundy,  F. Garivaldis,, & K. Dyer (Eds.), Tertiary Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL)  Resource for online course students, teachers and developers. Springer Verlag. 

Cranney, J., & Morris, S. (2018). Undergraduate capstone experiences and psychological literacy.In G. Rich, S. McCarthy et al. (Eds.), Teaching psychology around the world: Volume 4 (pp.306-328). Newcastle on Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Morris, S., Cranney, J., & Olschewski, A. (2018). A unit on the science of self-management. In Taylor, J., & Hulme, J. (Eds.) International edition of the psychological literacy compendium.

Cranney, J., Nithy, V., Morris, S., Baldwin, P., LeBard, R., Cejnar, L., Beesley, T., Hutton-Bedbrook, K., Hunter, L., Y Yannoulatos, S. (2017). Student success in large undergraduate subjects: A pilot study embedding self-management development. Proceedings of the 2017 STARS Conferencehttp://unistars.org/papers/STARS2017/08E.pdf

Cranney, J., Andrews, A., & Morris, S. (2016). Curriculum renewal to build student resilience and success: Phase 1 [ID12-2381]: Final report. Retrieved from  http://www.olt.gov.au/resource-curriculum-renewal-build-student-resilience-and-success-phase-1-2016

Cranney, J., Morris, S., & Botwood, L. (2015). Psychological literacy in undergraduate psychology education. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education. (pp.863-872). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199933815 (hardback) 2014 Online version retrieved from  http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199933815.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199933815-e-069

Morris, S., Cranney, J., Jeong, J. M., & Mellish, L. (2013). Developing psychological literacy: Student perceptions of graduate attributes. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65, 54-62.

Cranney, J., Morris, S., Krochmalik, A., & Botwood, L. (2012) . Assessing psychological literacy. In D. S. Dunn, S.C. Baker, C.M. Mehrotra, R.E. Landrum, & M. A. McCarthy, (Eds.), Assessing teaching and learning in psychology: Current and future perspectives (pp.95-106). Wadsworth Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA.

Cranney, J., & Morris, S. (2011). Adaptive cognition and psychological literacy. In J. Cranney and D. S. Dunn (Eds.), The psychologically literate citizen: Foundations and global perspectives (pp. 251-268). New York: Oxford University Press.

Cranney, J., Morris, S., Martin, F., Provost, S., Zinkiewicz, L., Reece, J., Milne-Home, J., Burton, L., White, F., Homewood, J., Earl, J., & McCarthy, S. (2011). Psychological Literacy and applied psychology in undergraduate education. In J. Cranney and D. S. Dunn (Eds.), The psychologically literate citizen: Foundations and global perspectives (pp. 146-164). New York: Oxford University Press.

Cranney, J., Turnbull, C., Provost, S.C., Martin, F., Katsikitis, M., White, F.A., Voudouris, N.J., Montgomery, I.M., Heaven, P.C.L., Morris, S., Varcin, K.J. (2009). Graduate attributes of the four-year Australian undergraduate psychology program. Australian Psychologist, 44, 253-262.

Cranney J., Ahn M., McKinnon R., Morris S., Watts K. (2009). The testing effect, collaborative learning, and retrieval-induced facilitation in a classroom setting. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 21, 919-940.

Cranney, J., Morris, S., Spehar, B., & Scoufis, M. (2008). Helping first year students think like psychologists:  Supporting information literacy and team-work skill development. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 7, 28-36.

Australian Award for University Teaching - Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning, 2014 (with J.Cranney)

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013

Faculty of Science Staff Excellence Award for Excellence in Sessional Teaching, 2011

Carrick Citation Award, 2007 (with J.Cranney, B.Spehar, & B.Newell)