Liza Morton

Liza Morton
Glasgow Caledonian University | GCU · Department of Psychology and Allied Health Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
Liza is a Chartered (BPS) & Registered (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist with over 16 years clinical practice & a strong research background. As a Lecturer in Psychology at GCU she contributes to accredited, practitioner doctoral training in Counselling, Health & Sports & Exercise Psychology. Liza is a health advocate & her research includes promoting psychologically informed medical care to prevent medical trauma, psycho-cardiology & psychological safety. T:@drlizamorton
Additional affiliations
September 2020 - present
University of Glasgow
Position
  • Affiliate
November 2017 - present
University of Suffolk
Position
  • Fellow
October 2016 - September 2020
University of Strathclyde
Position
  • Fellow
Education
July 2007 - June 2015
British Psychological Society
Field of study
  • Qualification in Counselling Psychology - Independent Route
January 2005 - January 2006
University of Dundee
Field of study
  • Psychological Therapies in Primary Care
October 2000 - October 2003
University of Glasgow
Field of study
  • Psychology - Visual Perception/Cognition

Publications

Publications (62)
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Over the last few decades, medical and surgical advances have led to a growing population of individuals living with congenital heart disease. The challenges of this condition can reach beyond physical limitations to include anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, these psychological outcomes have been neglected; yet, they...
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Objectives The importance of personalized and dignified care is increasingly being recognized in health care policy and practice. Despite the known impact of clothing on social identity and self‐expression, the impact of hospital clothing on patient well‐being has been widely overlooked. Patients are often required to wear hospital clothing, common...
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Purpose of review Adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) may experience anxiety specifically related to their medical condition. This review introduces the concepts of health anxiety and heart-focused anxiety, summarizes what is currently known about heart-focused anxiety among adults with CHD and offers suggestions to help adult CHD providers...
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The growing population of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) often have lifelong experience of dealing with potentially traumatic health crises and medical uncertainty whilst facing increased vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The COVID-19 pandemic presents additional challenges for this population including increased r...
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Objective: Psychological safety is increasingly recognized as central to mental health, wellbeing and posttraumatic growth. To date, there is no psychometrically supported measure of psychological safety combining psychological, physiological and social components. The current research aimed to develop and establish the neuroception of psychologic...
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Objective: Railway workers have provided an essential service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This study explored the effects of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of railway workers (n = 906) in the UK during the third lockdown period. Method: The online survey included measures of COVID-19 related risk factors (perceived risk, stress, burnout,...
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Reports an error in "A new measure of feeling safe: Developing psychometric properties of the Neuroception of Psychological Safety Scale (NPSS)" by Liza Morton, Nicola Cogan, Jacek Kolacz, Calum Calderwood, Marek Nikolic, Thomas Bacon, Emily Pathe, Damien Williams and Stephen W. Porges (Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy,...
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A growing body of research has highlighted the adverse impact of COVID‐19 stressors on health and social care workers' (HSCWs) mental health. Complementing this work, we report on the psychosocial factors that have had both a positive and negative impact on the mental well‐being of HSCWs during the third lockdown period in Scotland. Using a cross‐s...
Preprint
Railway workers are reportedly at risk of developing traumatic stress-related conditions, yet little is known about the effects of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of railway workers. The study consisted of a cross-sectional online survey exploring the effects of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of railway workers (n=906) in the UK. The aim was to...
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Rapid studies have highlighted the adverse mental health impact of COVID-19 on health and social care workers (HSCWs). Complementing this work, we report on the psychosocial factors that have helped HSCWs adapt to the adversities associated with COVID-19 and protect staff wellbeing in Scotland. The ENACT study collected data from HSCWs (n= 1364) in...
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Objective: Psychological safety is increasingly recognised as central to mental health, wellbeing and post-traumatic growth. To date, there is no psychometrically supported measure of psychological safety combining psychological, physiological and social components. The current research aimed to develop and establish the neuroception of psychologic...
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Background Frontline railway workers have provided an essential service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Although railway workers are known to be at risk of developing traumatic stress-related conditions, little is known about the effects of COVID-19 on the mental wellbeing of railway workers in the UK. We tested two hypotheses: (1) increased scor...
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Background: Psychological safety is increasingly recognised as central to mental health and wellbeing. The Polyvagal Theory offers a ‘Science of Safety’ which can help inform clinical practice to promote wellbeing, resilience and post-traumatic growth, whilst mitigating trauma. To date, there is no standardised measure of psychological safety compr...
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Objectives: The growing population of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) often have lifelong experience of dealing with potentially traumatic health crises and medical uncertainty. Further, they can face increased vulnerability to anxiety, depression and PTSD. The COVID-19 pandemic may present additional challenges for this population inclu...
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Those living with congenital heart disease (CHD) have lifelong experience of dealing with potentially traumatic health crises, medical uncertainty and experience increased vulnerability to anxiety, depression and PTSD. The COVID-19 pandemic may present additional challenges for this population including an increased risk of serious complications fr...
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Healthcare systems need to better addresses waiting across the patient journey to support health, wellbeing, recovery, and trust. Originating from the Latin patiens from patior, the word patient means to suffer. The patient must develop the forbearance to endure illness, medical treatment, and dependency on others for care, doing so patiently. O...
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Abstract Background: Adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) have lifelong experience of dealing with potentially traumatic health crises and show increased vulnerability to anxiety, depression and PTSD. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a further challenge for the CHD population who face greater risk of serious complications from the virus, psycho...
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Background: Patients are often required to wear hospital clothing, commonly a backless gown, during medical procedures and surgeries. Previous research has reported on the negative impact of wearing the hospital gown on patient self-reported wellbeing, however, the views of healthcare workers have been widely overlooked. Aim: The current study aim...
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Background: Rapid studies published during the COVID-19 pandemic have reported that the mental wellbeing of health and social care workers (HSCWs) has been adversely impacted. Research has yet to explore what specific factors relating to the pandemic are having a detrimental impact on HSCW's mental wellbeing and what may help mitigate such adversit...
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The impact of COVID-19 on the mental well-being of health and social care workers in Scotland
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Liza Morton on ableism in Psychology, reflecting on her lived experience of navigating a career in Psychology whilst living with a serious lifelong heart condition. Open access: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/every-choice-has-been-dictated-my-health-condition
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See - https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/07/21/we-need-to-develop-a-framework-to-help-those-most-vulnerable-from-covid-19/#disqus_thread
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Background The importance of personalised and dignified care is increasingly being recognised in health-care policy and practice. Despite the known effect of clothing on social identity, few studies have considered the effect of hospital clothing on patient wellbeing. Although clothing can empower the wearer, it can also induce psychological distre...
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Background: Despite recent drives to empower patients with person centred health care provisions, the institutionalised acceptance of the hospital gown persists. Research has yet to explore the impact of wearing the hospital gown on patients’ health, wellbeing and recovery. Methods: Two small scale studies were carried out to consider the impact o...
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Improving mental health and wellbeing for children and adults born with a heart condition. Presentation from the British Psychological Society's Counselling Psychology Division, Annual Conference, 2018. Based on the book chapter ‘Born with a heart conditions: Clinical Implications of Poly Vagal Theory’ by Liza Morton in Clinical Applications of T...
Chapter
Being born with a heart condition presents increased vulnerability to a number of psychosocial difficulties, including anxiety, depression, developmental delay, infant feeding & oral motor problems, which have previously been accounted for by secondary factors. Here, I propose Porges’ Poly Vagal Theory offers a more holistic account. Since the hear...
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Objectives: For every 1000 babies born, eight will have a heart condition. Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a success story of modern medicine; 90% of these babies will survive into adulthood compared with 20% in the 1940s (Warnes et al, 2001). Lifelong monitoring is indicated for this growing adult population who live with an increased mortality...
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Since antiquity our hearts have been linked to our feelings in our collective conscious yet, modern medicine has relegated this organ to a functional pump. However, a wide range of psychosocial vulnerabilities including anxiety, depression, developmental delay, poorer QoL, infant feeding & oral motor difficulties are associated with being born with...
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Since antiquity our hearts have been linked to our feelings in our collective conscious yet, modern medicine has relegated this organ to a functional pump. However, a wide range of psychosocial vulnerabilities including anxiety, depression, developmental delay, poorer QoL, infant feeding & oral motor difficulties are associated with being born with...
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Following previous work which indicated positive outcomes (Morton et al. 2012), we report findings from a controlled trial evaluating an 8-week CBT self-esteem group for women based on ‘Overcoming Low Self-Esteem Self-Help Course’ workbooks (Fennell, 2006).
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Objectives The provision of easily accessible and high quality information and resources relevant to mental, physical and emotional health is key to supporting self help and promoting wellbeing (Scot Gov, 2012). An estimated 80% of internet users search for information about various health conditions (Kummervold et al., 2008) with mental health in...
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An interview by Anna Sayburn http://student.bmj.com/student/view-article.html?id=sbmj.h5138
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Open access see: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3881
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Jon Sutton reports on a new exhibition led by a psychologist. Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery is hosting a photo exhibition of adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) baring their scars in celebration of life, led by psychologist Dr Liza Morton. See: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-28/march-2015/scars-celebration-life
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see: http://cardiologynews.uk.com/mags/cardiologynewsmagazine/2014/am14/files/1.html
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See: http://www.sccn.org.uk/sccn-conference-march14.html
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Context and focus: Advances in medicine and technology have improved the survival of children born with life threatening medical conditions. However, this gift of life entails potential psychological, emotional and social costs including the impact of enduring paediatric and adult medical trauma, growing up feeling different, tolerating discriminat...
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Self-esteem is an important factor in the development and maintenance of good psychological health. Low self-esteem can be a consequence of mental health disorders (such as depression, anxiety and panic) or it can be a vulnerability factor for the development of such problems. The current study reports pilot findings from a Cognitive Behavioural Th...
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Background: Self-esteem is an important factor in the development and maintenance of good psychological health. Low self-esteem can be a consequence of mental health disorders (such as depression, anxiety and panic) or it can be a vulnerability factor for the development of such problems. Aims and method: The current study reports pilot findings fr...
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Here, the current use of Bibliotherapy as part of a stepped care approach to the treatment of depression in primary care is investigated. Firstly, a small meta analysis evaluating three studies on the efficacy of Bibliotherapy as a treatment for depression was carried out with the aim of establishing the proportion of patients that find this medium...
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Perceptual processing delays between attribute dimensions (e.g. color, form and motion) (Moutoussis & Zeki, 1997a) have been attributed to temporal processing asynchronies resulting from functional segregation of visual information (Livingstone & Hubel, 1988; Zeki, 1973). Although the direction of asynchrony is largely in agreement across these stu...
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Perceptual processing delays between attribute dimensions (e.g. color, form and motion) [Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 264 (1997) 1407] have been attributed to temporal processing asynchronies resulting from functional segregation of visual information [Science 240 (1988) 740]. In addition, several lines of evidence converge t...
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Wiener (1958) showed that one could use noise to analyze the behavior of a black box, suggesting a way to study the brain. Ahumada and Lovell (1971) adapted the technique to psychophysics: white noise is added to a signal and the observer's detection responses are classified into hits, false alarms, misses, and correct rejections. To depict the rep...
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Researchers have reported a perceptual asynchrony when vision binds two separate sources of information to form a unitary perception. However, the determinants of binding remain unsettled. Here, we investigated whether spatial attention modulates the perceptual asynchrony between two sources of information to be bound (shape and color). If binding...
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To categorize realistic stimuli such as scenes, information is available along the dimensions of luminance and chrominance. One question that arises is whether their order of integration can change depending on their category informativity. To test this, we synthesized four realistic-looking scenes by combining two different luminance patterns (fla...
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It has long been observed that we sometime perceive complex scenes in blots, rocks, or clouds, but the phenomenon has attracted little scientific attention. We propose that a weak–or superstitious–match between a memory template and a sparse stimulus is responsible for such perceptions. We provide reverse-correlation evidence for this theory.

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We are an international group of health professionals, academics, young people, parents, child rights specialists, psychologists and youth workers who are all passionate about the health and wellbeing of children, especially when they interact with healthcare services. Our group is made up of over 50 members from around the world (UK, Ireland, Jordan, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Africa, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Malawi and Korea). We have developed standards for children and young people (aged 0-18 years) undergoing clinical procedures, based on internationally agreed children’s rights set out by the UNCRC (1989). The standards aim to ensure that the short and long-term physical, emotional and psychological well-being of children and young people are of central importance in any decision-making for procedures or procedural practice.
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Developing a standardised measure of psychological safety.
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This project aims to explore the impact on COVID-19 on health and social care workers in Scotland. It focuses on COVID-19 stress, burnout and perceived risk. It also considers coping and team resilience as potential mediators of outcome on mental wellbeing.