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  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif., 2008
  • Master of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif., 2005
  • Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., 2001

Research Interests

  • Adolescent and emerging adult sexual and romantic relationship development
  • Sexual orientation/identity development, specifically bisexual and heterosexual identity development
  • Social contexts of sexual development (e.g., parent-child relationships, peers, and media)
  • Narrative identity studies and methodologies

Courses Taught

  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Child Development and Therapy
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Courses
  • Internship and Seminar

Certifications and Memberships

  • Chair, Safe Zone Committee, Springfield College, 2012-present
  • Faculty Advisor, Psychology Club & Psi Chi Honor Society, Springfield College, 2013-present
  • President-Elect, Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, 2015-present
  • Program Committee Chair, International Society for Research on Identity, 2013-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Emerging Adulthood, 2012-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 2010-present
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Sex Research, 2016-present
  • Contributing Editor, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 2010-present
  • Board of Reviewers, Journal of Adult Development, 2012-present

Selected Works


  • Morgan, E. M. & Davis-Delano, L. R. (2016, March). Heterosexual identity development in the context of suspicion regarding sexual orientation identities. Paper presented at the biennial conference for the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD in paper session “Sexual Orientation: Measurement, Health Outcomes, and Person-Context Fit”.
  • Morgan, E. M. & Davis-Delano, L. R. (2015, October). Behaviors that mark heterosexuality as motivated by and maintaining heterosexism. Paper presented at the biennial conference for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Miami, FL in paper symposium “Navigating sexual messages from peers, partners, and media: The role of emerging adults’ own sexual values, communication, and behaviors.”
  • Morgan, E. M., & Davis-Delano, L R. (2015, May). Heterosexual marking and what it reveals about heterosexual identity. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Research on Identity Development, Bellingham, WA.
  • Morgan, E. M. (2014, March). Outcomes of sexual behaviors among sexual minority youth. Paper presented at the biennial conference for the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX in paper session “Is Sexual Behavior Positive or Negative for Adolescents? New Directions in Research on Outcomes of Adolescent Sexual Behavior.”
  • Morgan, E. M. (2013, October). Meaning making in turning point memories from sexual minority emerging adults. Poster presented at the biennial conference for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Chicago, IL.


  • Morgan, E. M., & Davis-Delano, L. R. (2016). How heterosexual marking reflects and reinforces gender stereotypes, gender differences, and gender inequality. Sex Roles.
  • Morgan, E. M., & Davis-Delano, L. R. (2016). 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. (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.

Spring 2017 Laurels Submissions

Laurel Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of sociology, and Elizabeth Morgan, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored “Heterosexual identity management: How social context affects heterosexual marking practices” in Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research in October 2016.

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