Elizabeth M. Morgan, M.S.W., Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Psychology

Director, Undergraduate Program


Springfield College

263 Alden Street

Springfield, MA 01109


Contact E-mail: emorgan2@springfieldcollege.edu

Office:  Locklin Hall Room 313

Departmental Website: www.springfieldcollege.edu/academic-programs/psychology-department




Psyc 101: Introductory Psychology

Psyc 301: Experimental Design

Psyc 422: Interviewing and Counseling

Psyc 345: Adolescent and Young Adult Development

Psyc 638: Lifespan Human Development (Graduate)




Springfield College, Assistant Professor of Psychology (2012-Present)

Springfield, MA


Boise State University, Assistant Professor of Psychology (2008-2012)

Boise, ID




Ph.D., Developmental Psychology (2008)

University of California, Santa Cruz


M.S., Social Psychology (2005)

University of California, Santa Cruz


M.S.W. (2002)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Emphasis: Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health


B.A., Psychology (2001)

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA


Research Interests


Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on adolescent and young adult sexual and romantic relationship development in the context of parent-child relationships, peers and the media. Much of her work emphasizes sexual orientation and sexual identity development, especially among women. Concurrently, she is interested in the development of narrative identities and makes frequent use of qualitative methods in her work.




Morgan, E. M. & Davis-Delano, L. R. (2015). How heterosexual marking reflects and reinforces gender stereotypes, gender differences, and gender inequality. Sex Roles.


Morgan, E. M. & Davis-Delano, L. R. (2015). Heterosexual marking and binary cultural conceptions of sexual orientation. Journal of Bisexuality.


Morgan, E. M. (2015). Sexual Identity and Orientation. In J.J. Arnett (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood (pp. 262-279).


Morgan, E. M. (2014). The not-so-straight path to heterosexuality: Sexual orientation questioning among young men and women. In M. Kimmel & The Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group (Eds.), Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society (2nd Edition).


Morgan, E. M. (2014). Outcomes of sexual behavior among sexual minority youth. In E. S. Lefkowitz & S. A. Vasilenko (Eds.), Positive and Negative Outcomes of Sexual Behaviors. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (pp. 21-36).


Morgan, E. M. (2014). Sexual identity. In Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology.


Morgan, E. M. (2013). Contemporary issues in sexual orientation and identity development in emerging adulthood. Emerging Adulthood, 1, 52-66.


Morgan, E. M., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2012). Sexual values and their sources: Tracking changes over the first year of college. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27, 471-497.


Morgan, E. M., & Korobov, N. (2012). Interpersonal identity formation in conversations with close friends about dating relationships. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1471-1483.


Morgan, E. M., & Landrum. R. E. (2012). You’ve earned your doctorate in psychology, now what? Securing a job as an academic or professional psychologist. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.


Morgan, E. M. (2012). Not always a straight path: College students’ narratives of heterosexual identity development. Sex Roles, 66, 79-93


Morgan, E. M. (2011). Associations between young adults’ use of sexually explicit materials and their sexual preferences, behaviors, and satisfaction. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 520-530.


Morgan, E. M., & Thompson, E. M. (2011). Processes of sexual orientation questioning among heterosexual women. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 16-28.


Morgan, E. M., Snelson, C., & Elison-Bowers, P. (2010). Image and video disclosure of substance use on social media websites. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1405-1411.


Morgan, E. M., Richards, T. C., & VanNess, E. M. (2010). Comparing narratives of personal and preferred partner characteristics in online dating advertisements. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 883-888.


Morgan, E. M., Steiner, M. G., & Thompson, E. M. (2010). Processes of sexual orientation questioning among heterosexual men: Cognitive and behavioral exploration. Men & Masculinities, 12, 425-443.


Morgan, E. M., Thorne, A., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2010). A longitudinal study of young adults’ conversations with parents about sex and dating during college. Developmental Psychology, 46, 139-150.


Friedman, C. K., & Morgan, E. M. (2009). Comparing sexual minority and heterosexual young women’s friend and parents as sources of support for sexual issues. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 920-936.


Thompson, E. M., & Morgan, E. M.  (2008). “Mostly straight” young women: Variations in sexual behavior and identity development. Developmental Psychology, 44, 15-21.


Morgan, E. M., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2007). Wanting sex and wanting to wait: Young adults narrate gendered sexual scripts in messages from first significant dating partners. Feminism & Psychology, 17, 516-541.


Thorne, A., Korobov, N., & Morgan, E. M. (2007). Channeling identity: A study of story-telling in conversations between introverted and extraverted friends. Journal of Research on Personality, 41, 1008-1031.


Morgan, E. M., & Thompson, E. M. (2006). Young women’s sexual experiences within same-sex friendships: Discovering and defining bisexual and bi-curious identity. Journal of Bisexuality, 6 (3), 7-34.


Morgan, E. M., & Quint, E. H. (2006). Sexual functioning, mental health, and life goals in women with vaginal agenesis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35, 322-343.


Zurbriggen, E. L., & Morgan, E. M. (2006). Who wants to marry a millionaire? Reality dating television programs, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors. Sex Roles, 54, 1-17.