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Betty Morgan

Betty Morgan
Betty D. Morgan, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC Emeritus Faculty


Psychiatric Nursing; Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nursing

Research Interest

  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nursing
  • HIV/AIDS Care
  • Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency
  • Pain Management
  • End-of-Life and Palliative Care Nursing
  • Co-morbid Psychiatric and Medical Conditions
  • Nursing Staff support issues
  • Staff Attitudes toward disenfranchised patient populations
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Policy Issues

Educational Background

1987 MSN, Yale University School of Nursing; 2003 Ph.D., William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College


Dr. Betty D. Morgan PhD is an Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she is the coordinator for the Adult Psychiatric Mental Health nursing graduate program, the post-Master’s Adult Psychiatric Mental Health nursing certificate. She graduated from Grace-New Haven School of Nursing, and completed a B.A. in Legal Services and Labor Studies from University of Massachusetts Boston. She received an MSN from Yale School of Nursing and completed a PhD in nursing at Boston College. Additionally, she received a post-graduate certificate in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse from the Boston University School of Social Work and is an End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELENC) trainer. 
Betty is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and specialized in Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nursing. She has worked with a variety of medically ill patients and over the past 20+ years has worked with people with HIV/AIDS. She maintains a small clinical practice providing therapy to HIV infected persons who have substance abuse and mental health problems in addition to consulting with a variety of agencies about HIV and mental health, pain and addictive disorders and end of life care. She also works with groups of nurses providing support for nurses and other health care providers who work with “difficult”, underserved and disenfranchised patients. 
Her research interests are in the areas of pain and addictive disorders, psychiatric mental health, HIV/AIDS and palliative and end of life care.
She received the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) 2008 Richard L. Sowell Award for Outstanding Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care JANAC Article.  In 2006 she received the Research in Addictions Nursing Award, from The International Nurses Society on Addictions.
She has published articles in a variety of nursing journals including the Journal of Addictions Nursing (In Press), Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, (2008),
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, (2007), Journal of Chinese PLA, (2007), Perspectives in Psychiatric Care: The Journal for Advanced Psychiatric Nurses, (2006) and Pain Management Nursing, (2002, 2006).  Additionally, she co-authored a book chapter: Substance abuse in older adults. (2005, 2010), in Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and authored a book chapter for The Textbook of Palliative Care Nursing (2010).  She is co-author of Psychiatric and Mental Health Essentials in Primary Care, which will be published in 2010.

Research Interests and Collaborations