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Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan PhD, MA, MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert, LTHE, BSc, DCR

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan
PhD, MA, MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert, LTHE, BSc, DCR

Senior Lecturer Public Health and Wellbeing

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education & Health

Teaching areas and professional interests

Julia's primary teaching and research interests are around social justice and inequality; children's health and well-being; maternal and women's health; international development; global health; community development; conflict, war and humanitarian disasters; participatory methods and children's rights/participation as well as online teaching.

Posts previously held

2007 – 2017. Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. University of Plymouth
Teaching postgraduates (taught Masters in Early Childhood Studies, Online Masters in International Study of Childhood, Masters in Education and Research PhD's and EdD's) as well as undergraduates on the BA and BEd Childhood Studies. Responsible for leading and expanding the faculty CPD offer and increasing income from Health and Social Care CPD.

2008-2017. Online Instructor. Laureate On-Line Education. Teaching on Masters in Public Health at University of Liverpool and University of Roehampton.

2004 -2007. Manager, Home Start Torridge, UK. Manager of Family Support Charity supervising volunteers and staff. Responsible for fund-raising, child protection, budgets, strategy and policy.

1997 – 2007. Researcher. E-Risk Study, Kings College London. Researcher on a MRC funded Child Development Study. Study examined risk factors for childhood antisocial behaviour and a range of other health and education outcomes and behaviours.

2002-2004. Community Development Worker. The Children's Society, UK. Focus on community participation.

1991-2002. Radiographer. Variety of NHS Hospitals.

Teaching on the BA (Hons) Public Health and BA (Hons) Health and Well-being undergraduate degrees.  

Supervising Phd's and Masters work.

  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy.
  • Reviewer - ESRC Grants.
  • Reviewer - MRC Grants.
  • Member of Editorial Board – Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care.
  • Reviewer – Journal of Further and Higher Education and Children and Young Services Review.
  • Member of Advisory Committee for Department of Education funded project run by Barnardos and POPS:  i-HOP Information Hub on Offenders' families with children for Professionals
  • External Examiner – Huddersfield University – MA Professional Practice 2010-2014.
  • External Examiner – Liverpool John Moores – MA International Approaches in Early Childhood Education and Care.   2016 – onwards.

Children of Prisoners; Street Involved Children; Missing Children; Childhoods; Global Public Health; International Development; Conflict, War and Humanitarianism; Gender; Social Justice; Participatory Research Methods; Children's Rights; Community Development

Peters, J, Skirton, H, Morgan, J & Tighe, M (in press). How do parents perceive and utilize knowledge of their infant's mental health? A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Child Health Care.

Morgan, J., & Leeson, C., (in press) The impact of parental imprisonment on children's school experiences in the UK: an overview of the research literature, policy and practice. Handbook of Prison and the Family. Palgrave.

Morgan, J., (2016). Participation, Empowerment and Capacity Building: Exploring young people's perspectives on the services provided to them by a grassroots NGO in sub-Saharan Africa. Children and Youth Services Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.012 (rated as 3* + for current REF).

Morgan, J & Sengedorj, T. (2015). 'If you were the researcher what would you research?': Understanding children's perspectives on research in Mongolia and Zambia. Research and Method in Education. 38 (2) 200-218 (rated as 3* + for current REF).

Leeson, C & Morgan, J., (2015). Children, Inequality and Risk. In Parker-Rees, R. & Leeson, C (Eds). Early Childhood Studies. London: Sage.

Morgan, J & Leeson, C., (2015). How can schools support children who experience the imprisonment of a parent or close relative? Every Child Journal, Vol 5.1, 20-26 (submitted to last REF)

Morgan, J.,(2015). Foundation Degree to Honours Degree: The Transition Experiences of Students on an Early Years Programme". Journal of Further and Higher Education. 39 (1), 108-126.

Morgan, J. (2014). Book Review. Children's Rights in Practice, edited by Phil Jones and Gary Walker, Sage Publications, London, pp.256, £24.99, ISBN 9781849203807. Journal of Education for Teaching. Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 191-193

Morgan, J, Leeson, C, Carter Dillon, R, Wirgman, A.L., & Needham, M., (2014). 'A Hidden Group of Children': Support in Schools for Children who Experience Parental Imprisonment. Children and Society. Volume 28, Issue 4, Pages: 269–279 (submitted to last REF).

Leeson, C & Morgan, J (2014). Strategic planning for support services for children with a parent or close relative in prison. Social Policy and Administration.48:7, 848-863 (submitted to last REF).

Morgan, J., Leeson, C & Carter Dillon, R., (2013). How can schools support children with a parent in prison? Pastoral Care in Education. Vol 31, No 3, 199-210 (submitted to last REF).

Morgan, J., (2013). International Recognition of Children's Rights and its influence on Early Childhood Education and Care: The case of Zambia. In Georgeson, J et al (Eds) International Early Childhood Studies. Maidenhead: Open University.

Morgan, J., (2010). 'Frameworks for Understanding Development' in Parker-Rees, R. & Leeson, C (Eds). Early Childhood Studies. Exeter: Learning Matters/Sage.

Tully, L., Arseneault, L., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T., and Morgan, J. (2004). Does maternal warmth moderate the effects of birth weight on twins ADHD symptoms and IQ. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72 (2), 218-226.

Caspi, A., Moffitt, T., Morgan, J., Rutter, M., Taylor, A., Arseneault, L., Tully, L., Jacobs, C., Kim-Cohen, J., and Polo-Tomas, M. (2004). Maternal Expressed Emotion predicts children's antisocial behaviour problems: Using MZ-Twin differences to identify environmental effects on behavioural development. Developmental Psychology, 40 (2), 149-16.

Moffitt, T.E., et al (2002). Contemporary teen-aged mothers in Britain. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 43, 727-742.

Morgan J (2016). No Lost Generation Impact Study: Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon. World Vision Lebanon. Focus on educational and child protection services offered in child friendly spaces.

Morgan J (2015). An Evaluation of Action-Work Theatre and Arts Company. Plymouth: Plymouth University (Education and Theatre and Children's Rights/Empowerment)

Morgan, J., (2013).  An Evaluation of the Barefeet Theatre Company.  Lusaka, Zambia:  Barefeet.  (Education through the Theatre and Arts to Empower Children)

Morgan, J & Gill, O., (2013). Children affected by the Imprisonment of a Family Member: A Handbook for Schools Developing Good Practice. London: Barnardo's. Available from:

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Morgan, J (2017).  Staying in contact with their children:  the experiences of imprisoned mothers in England.    Children of Prisoners Conference, New Zealand. 

Morgan, J et al (2016). 'Beyond Rubricated Reflection– Perspectives of instructors and students on reflection in an online Master of Public Health Programme'.    The Higher Education Conference 2016 Amsterdam.

Morgan, J & Leeson, C., (2016). Improving prison visiting experiences for imprisoned parents and their children. International Conference of Law Enforcement and Public Health. Amsterdam.

Leeson, C & Morgan, J (2016). Children of Prisoners: A Hidden Group of Young Carers. International Conference of Law Enforcement and Public Health. Amsterdam.

Welbourne, P., Morgan, J & Leeson, C., (2015).  'Missing children:  a contested territory'.   Young People and the Law:   International Approaches to Care, Corrections and Intervention.   Conference  held at Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy.

Morgan, J (2015).    Her Majesty's Inspectors of Prisons Annual National Training Event, London;  Keeping in contact- children with a parent in prison, how might prisons support family connections?Liverpool University/Laureate Education  (2014).   Design of Online Masters Module on Health Inequalities for Masters in Public Health (Consultancy).

Morgan J., (2013).  Using the On-Line Environment to Support Female Students in Progressing From Foundation Degree to Honours Degree. Paper presented at Learning Spaces and Communities, 6th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning.   April 9-11, 2013.   Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Plymouth University, Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company, TR2 and Barnardo's. (2013)  Children of Prisoners Theatre Production accessed at:

Morgan, J., (2013). Reflections on a Participatory Research Project undertaken with Children in Mongolia and Zambia.  Paper presented at the Institute of Health, Education and Community Conference Plymouth University March 20th 2013. 

Morgan, J., (2011).  Support provision for foundation degree students in their progression from foundation degree to honours degree.   Seville April 2011.  Conference entitled 'The Challenge of Access, Retention and Drop-out in HE in Europe: the experiences of non-traditional students'.

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