Faculty: Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
Rebecca Morse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Research Training
Ph.D., George Mason University, Applied Developmental Psychology
M.A., Hood College, Thanatology
Rebecca S. Morse, PhD, is a behavioral and developmental psychologist and thanatologist who specializes in working with individuals she terms are “at the developmental bookends of life:” children, and the elderly. Much of her research has focused on those with developmental disabilities who are severely behaviorally disordered. She currently teaches at several Universities and Colleges on a broad range of topics in psychology, criminology, and thanatology. She recently served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and contributed to numerous textbooks as both an author, and a reviewer. Previously Rebecca worked at the National Institutes of Health for over eight years on protocols for children and adults with rare genetic conditions, cancer, HIV/AIDS, or developmental disabilities. She is an associate investigator on an NHGRI protocol, and continues to consult with individuals and their families. Currently, her courses and research interests focus on 1) developmental and behavioral psychology, 2) grief and traumatic loss, and 3) the intersection of psychology and the developmental trajectories of criminal behavior. Her developmental courses focus on the transactional nature of human behavior, integrating social, cognitive, and attachment theoretical perspectives. Her thanatology courses focus on specific issues surrounding grief and bereavement, including complicated grief, disenfranchised populations, and traumatic loss/Victimology. Her forensic psychology courses approach the understanding of delinquent and criminal behavior from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. By viewing the juvenile or adult offender as continually influenced by multiple systems, one can examine the risk and protective factors that may influence the developmental pathways on the road to delinquency and crime.