Department of Social Work
Professor of Social Work
Department Head; Graduate Program Director
Office: Health and Human Sciences (HHS) 322A
Ph.D., Tulane University
M.S.W., Tulane University
B.A., Louisiana State University
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 currently serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work. Dr. Morse is an administrator, a clinician, an educator, and a researcher. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and actively practicing therapist, she works on an integrated healthcare team in rural community practice. 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 health disparities, child trauma, male prostitution, injection drug use, issues facing 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 abuse programs. Dr Morse was appointed to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board in 2011 served for 6 years and as Chair of the Board for three. She has also served on many community service boards including the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau and the Community Care Clinic of Highlands Cashiers.