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 medical psychology 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 psychologically informed medical care to prevent medical trauma. 


Using psychologically informed care to improve mental health and wellbeing for people living with a heart condition from birth : a statement paper
Morton Liza
Journal of Health Psychology, pp. 1-10 (2019)
Research & Development Summary
Morton Liza
An embodied understanding of living with a heart condition from birth
Morton Liza
British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, Annual Conference. (2018)
Born with a heart condition : the clinical implications of the poly vagal theory
Morton Liza
Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory (2018) (2018)
An embodied understanding of living with a heart condition from 'cradle to grave'
Morton Liza
The Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE) (2018)
Born with a heart condition : the clinical implications of polyvagal theory
Morton Liza
7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (2017)

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Professional activities

Scottish Obstetric Cardiac Network, NHS Scotland (External organisation)
Hospital gowns leave patients feeling open and vulnerable – their time is up
People born with a heart defect are at greater risk of mental health problems
Scottish Standards - National Congenital Heart Standards in Scotland - Summary
To be assigned
An embodied understanding of living with a heart condition from birth.
Ella Rhodes from The Psychologist reports on 'Momentous' day for campaigner

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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.
Practice Supervisor for Glasgow Caledonian University’s Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
Morton, Liza (Principal Investigator)

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