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Dr. Patricia M Morse

Patricia Morse


College of Health and Human Sciences

Social Work

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3897
Office: 103 Health and Human Sciences Building
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Dr. Patricia Morse received her MSW and PhD from Tulane University in New Orleans. She joined the faculty of Western Carolina University in 2007 and her current academic rank is Professor in the Department of Social Work. Prior to her tenure at Western Carolina, Dr Morse was a Professor in the Psychiatry Department at LSU Medical School in New Orleans, LA for over 30 years. Dr Morse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), an educator, and a researcher. As a practicing behavioral health clinician, she works with interprofessional teams in integrated healthcare. She conducts individual, family and group psychotherapy with children and adults. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She has conducted studies of male prostitutes, injection drug users, HIV infected men and women and the children of HIV infected women and has published widely in the fields of HIV, HCV, medication adherence, high risk health behavior, trauma, injection drug use and other substance use. She has served as a national consultant to the Veterans Administration, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and to numerous public health, mental health and substance use programs.


  • Ph D, Tulane University
  • MSW, Tulane University, Social Work
  • BA, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge

Teaching Interests

Clinical Social Work<br>Advocacy<br>Integrated Healthcare

Research Interests

Integrated Healthcare<br>HIV/AIDS<br>Health Disparities<br>Healthcare Access<br>High Risk Health Behaviors

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