Dr Liza Morton

Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

Liza joined Strathclyde University, part time, in 2017.  She leads the Professional Practice class as part of the team delivering the Clinical Health Psychology MSc.  She is a Chartered (BPS) and Registered (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist with a strong background in research.  Liza gained her PhD in visual perception/cognition at Glasgow University, in 2003, under the supervision of Prof Schyns.   Following which she qualified as Clinical Associate of Applied Psychology (CAAP) on the Stirling / Dundee University course (in 2006) and she was employed by NHS Fife's Psychology Department for over ten years as a CAAP.  During this time, Liza provided psychological therapy, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) to adults presenting in Primary Care with a variety of mental health difficulties.  Liza also contributed to various service developments including a Self Esteem Group for Women and a Cultural Prescribing Initiative.   Latterly, she completed the British Psychological Society's Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) via their independent route, qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist in 2015. Currently, Liza offers psychological therapy and clinical supervision in Private Practice.  Her current research interest is promoting Psychologically Informed Medicine (PIM) and includes using a Polyvagal lens to better understand the psychosocial impact of living with a heart condition from birth, the impact of patient clothing on wellbeing and recovery and using PIM to prevent medical trauma. 


Baring all : the impact of the hospital gown on patient wellbeing
Morton Liza, Cogan Nicola, Kornfält Susanna, Porter Zoe, Georgiadis Emmanouil
British Journal of Health Psychology Vol 25, pp. 452-473 (2020)
Mixed methods study exploring the impact of the hospital gown on recovery and wellbeing : implications for policy and practice
Cogan Nicola, Morton Liza, Georgiadis Emmanouil
Implications of wearing the hospital gown on mental health, practice and policy
Morton Liza, Cogan Nicola
NRS Mental Health Network Annual Scientific Meeting 2019
"I don't feel like me anymore" : The impact of the hospital gown on wellbeing
Morton Liza, Cogan Nicola
Baring all : The impact of the hospital gown on recovery and wellbeing for adults living with a heart condition from birth
Morton Liza, Cogan Nicola, Emmanouil (Manos) Georgiadis
33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (2019)
'Why does it have to be open at the back?' The impact of the hospital gown on recovery and wellbeing
Morton Liza, Cogan Nicola, Georgiadis Emmanouil
#endpjparalysis global online summit (2019)

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Professional activities

Trauma and the Railway Industry
Psychologically Informed Medicine
Trauma and the Railway Industry
Dr Liza Morton: NHS needs to learn how people living with serious heart disease feel about it.
The heart of the matter: the need for standards around congenital heart disease – Dr Liza Morton
Healing Hearts and Minds: Psychologically informed medicine to improve wellbeing and prevent trauma.

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Trauma Training for the Rail Industry
Cogan, Nicola (Principal Investigator) Morton, Liza (Co-investigator)
Course Ref LUPS/2019-21/ASLEF/183 15 January 2020 One day training course for Scottish Trades Union Congress
Developing a Neuroception of Safety Scale
Morton, Liza (Principal Investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Research Co-investigator)
The aim of this study is to develop a standardised measure of Neuroception of Safety, grounded in The Polyvagal Theory to enhance clinical and academic work. The PVT offers a ‘Science of Safety’ which revolutionises our understanding of trauma. Viewed through a Polyvagal lens we can better understand why people do or do not feel safe whilst informing clinical practice and strategies to mitigate against exposure to traumatic experiences and promote wellbeing, resilience and post-traumatic growth. To assess the impact of any PVT informed interventions it would be useful to have a standardised measure of feeling safe grounded in this framework. Existing measures consider safety-seeking behaviour following a traumatic event from a cognitive theoretical framework whilst those developed from a PVT framework consider only bodily symptoms. A standardised measure of safety grounded in the PVT which would enhance clinical and academic work in this growing field.

This survey has been developed with consultancy from Dr Stephen Porges, world leader in Polyvagal Theory, Dr Jacek Kolacz, international leader in psychometric scale development (both Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Indiana University), Deb Dana, Psychotherapist and leader in the Clinical Applications of The Polyvagal Theory, USA and leading psychologists working in clinical practice with people who have experienced trauma including Dr Thomas Bacon, Clinical Psychologist, NHS Fife and Dr Emily Pathe, Counselling Psychologist, NHS Lanarkshire.
31-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2021
Hearts & Minds Project
Morton, Liza (Visiting Academic)
Providing ongoing consultancy (voluntarily) to The Somerville Foundation to develop their mental health resources & services for young people and adults living with a heart condition from birth.
The impact of patient clothing on wellbeing and health among adults with a congenital health condition
Morton, Liza (Principal Investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Academic)
We are conducting a study to better understand the impact of hospital clothing on identity, wellbeing, and recovery, focusing on people with a congenital heart condition. We plan to use the findings from the study to enhance the patient experience and to inform the development of hospital clothing to positively impact on wellness and mobility. This study is run in collaboration between researchers at Strathclyde University, The University of Suffolk’s Congenital Cardiac Research Centre, The Somerville Foundation and Inga Wellbeing. The study involves taking part in a focus groups in which participants will be asked to discuss their experience of hospital clothing, its impact on the patient journey as well as its impact on their emotions and identity. In the second part of the focus group participants will be provided with an item of patient wear clothing from INGA Wellbeing and asked to discuss how the garment: the way it feels, the finish, the cut, the look and the way it makes them feel.
18-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Visiting Senior Fellow in Congenital Heart Defects, Congenital Cardiac Research Centre, University of Suffolk
Morton, Liza (Visiting Academic)
Working in collaboration with the University of Suffolk, Congenital Cardiac Research Centre’s Dr Mano’s Georgiadis, Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology & colleagues on a project exploring exercise, rehabilitation & emotions in the congenital cardiac population.   The Congenital Cardiac Research Centre is a newly established centre of excellence developed in collaboration  with The Somerville Foundation. 
25-Jan-2017 - 25-Jan-2021
Clinical Supervisor for Practitioner Psychologists
Morton, Liza (Principal Investigator)
Completed NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Generic Supervision Competencies (GSC) for Psychological Therapies training.

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