Dr Sue Morris

Senior Lecturer
  • BSC (Medicine) UNSW
  • BSc (Psychology) Hons, UNSW
  • PhD, UNSW
School of Psychology

Dr. Sue Morris has a passion for enhancing students’ success and wellbeing, with an emphasis on positive psychology, and resilience. She completed her undergraduate studies and PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of New South Wales, 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. She is co-author of the book The Rubber Brain: A toolkit for optimising your study, work, and life, which, together with her online course The Science of Wellbeing, is designed to help students optimise their thinking and behaviour, particularly in response to the challenges of university. She applies psychological literacy in her teaching, with a goal to “optimise the world, one Psychology student at a time”. 

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  • Books | 2018
    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
  • Book Chapters | 2020
    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', in Tertiary Online Teaching and Learning: TOTAL Perspectives and Resources for Digital Education, pp. 119 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-8928-7_10
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Cranney J; botwood ; morris , 2015, 'Psychological Literacy in Undergraduate Psychology Education', in Dunn D (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education, edn. Oxford Library of Psychology, Oxford University Press, UK
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Cranney J; Morris S; Krochmalik A; Botwood LG, 2013, 'Assessing psychological literacy', in Dunn DS; Baker SC; Mehrotra CM; Landrum RE; McCarthy MA (ed.), Assessing teaching and learning in psychology: Current and future perspectives, edn. Original, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Belmont CA, pp. 94 - 106, http://www.cengage.com/aushed/instructor.do?product_isbn=9781133049814
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Cranney J; Dunn , 2011, 'Psychological Literacy and applied psychology in undergraduate education', in Cranney J; Dunn DS (ed.), The psychologically literate citizen: Foundations and global perspectives, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 146 - 164
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Cranney J; Morris ; Martin F; Provost ; Zinkiewicz L; Reece J; Milne-home ; Burton L; White FH; Homewood J; Earl JK; Mccarthy S, 2011, 'Adaptive cognition and psychological literacy', in Cranny J; Dunn DS (ed.), The psychologically literate citizen: Foundations and global perspectives, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 251 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794942.003.0063
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Cranney J; Dunn DS; Hulme JA; Nolan SA; Morris S; Norris K, 2022, 'Psychological Literacy and Undergraduate Psychology Education: An International Provocation', Frontiers in Education, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2022.790600
    Journal articles | 2022
    Cranney J; Morris S; Norris K; Connolly CE, 2022, 'Charting the psychological literacy landscape: Systematic review highlighting psychology education', Frontiers in Education, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2022.913814
    Journal articles | 2022
    Morris S; Cranney J, 2022, 'Promoting Student Wellbeing Through Dedicated Units on the Psychological Science of Wellbeing: Rationale, Nature, and Student Evaluations', Psychology Learning and Teaching, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/14757257221098024
    Journal articles | 2013
    Morris S; Cranney J; Jeong JM; Mellish L, 2013, 'Developing psychological literacy: Student perceptions of graduate attributes', Australian Journal of Psychology, 65, pp. 54 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajpy.12010
    Journal articles | 2012
    Journal articles | 2009
    Cranney J; Ahn M; McKinnon R; Morris S; Watts KJ, 2009, 'The testing effect, collaborative learning, and retrieval-induced facilitation in a classroom setting', European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 21, pp. 919 - 940, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09541440802413505
    Journal articles | 2009
    Cranney J; Turnbull C; Provost SC; Martin F; Katsikitis M; White FA; Voudouris NJ; Montgomery IM; Heaven PCL; Morris S; Varcin KJ, 2009, 'Graduate attributes of the 4-year Australian undergraduate psychology program', Australian Psychologist, 44, pp. 253 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00050060903037268
    Journal articles | 2008
    Cranney J; Morris SC; Spehar B; Scoufis M, 2008, 'Helping first year students think like psychologists: supporting information literacy and teamwork skill development .', Psychology Learning and Teaching, 7, pp. 28 - 36
    Journal articles | 2005
    Morris SC; Cranney J; Ledgerwood L; Zadro L, 2005, 'The influence of leader selection and group member allocation on group task performance and team maintenance', Australian Journal of Psychology, 57, pp. 63 - 63, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000234555700226&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Journal articles | 2000
    Morris SC; Taplin JE; Gelman SA, 2000, 'Vitalism in naive biological thinking.', Developmental psychology, 36, pp. 582 - 595, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0012-1649.36.5.582
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    Cranney J; Morris S, 2018, 'Psychologically literate self-management: Curricular strategies', in AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGIST, WILEY, pp. 52 - 52, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000454413800121&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Cranney J; Nithy V; Morris S; Baldwin P, 2016, 'Facilitating Psychological Literacy though Evidence-based self-management strategies in Australian Undergraduate Students', in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, pp. 1122 - 1122, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000413720407850&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Reports | 2012
    Morris S; Zamberlan L; Marshall NG, 2012, Sessional Staff Handbook: Learning and Teaching Resources., Built Environment, UNSW, Sydney, NSW
    Reports | 2011
    Morris S; Zamberlan L; Marshall NG, 2011, Sessional Staff Handbook: Learning and Teaching Resources., Built Environment, UNSW, Sydney, NSW
    Reports | 2010
    Morris S; Zamberlan L; Marshall NG, 2010, Learning and Teaching Handbook: Built Environment Sessional Teachers., Built Environment, UNSW, Sydney, NSW
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Cranney J; Jones G; Morris SC; Starfield S; Martire KA; Newell BR; Wong K, 2008, 'Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) in First-year Psychology: Mass Screening and Targeted Assistance', in Proceedings of the 43rd Annual APS Conference, HOBART, TASMANIA, presented at 43rd APS annual conference 23 - 27 September 2008, Hobart, Tasmania, HOBART, TASMANIA, 23 September 2008 - 27 September 2008
    Theses / Dissertations | 1999
    Morris SC, 1999, The development of children`s naive theories of biology

  • OLT Citation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (with J.Cranney) 2014
  • UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence 2013
  • UNSW Faculty of Science Staff Excellence Award (Sessional teaching) 2011
  • Carrick Citation Award (with J.Cranney, B.Spehar, & B.Newell) 2007


  • Psychological literacy in undergraduate education
  • Student wellbeing and self-management

My Teaching

  • Course Convenor PSYC1021 Introduction to Psychological Applications
  • Course Convenor PSYC1062 Science of Wellbeing
  • Course Convenor PSYC1031 Science of Resilience (not currently offered)