Dr Morris has medical qualifications MBBS (Hons), BSc(med) (Hons), and PhD. He is qualified in psychiatry and addiction medicine in Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP) and a Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM). He is qualified in general adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry in the USA and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (AmBPN). He is a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) with the American College of Independent Medical Examiners.
Dr Morris is Executive Director of the Gold Coast Institute of Mental Health. He is Medical Director of Mirikai, a young adult drug and alcohol rehabilitation program on the Gold Coast and he has a private psychiatric practice on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.
He is a member of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee, the Queensland Compensation (Q-Comp) Medical Assessment Tribunal, and chairman of the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development Subcommittee.
Dr Morris has held professor positions in psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland and at the School of Health Sciences at Bond University. At the University of Melbourne he was the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry Research Committee.
He has been Medical Superintendent of Macquarie Psychiatric Hospital, North Ryde NSW, and Director of Mental Health for the Gold Coast District Health Service, and Foundation Professor/Director of the National Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health in Melbourne.
His clinical and research interests include neuropsychiatry/psycho geriatrics, post-trauma syndromes, clinical drug trials, and co morbid drug and alcohol and psychiatric conditions. Dr Morris has engaged in post-graduate research and clinical training in the USA. He has published a considerable number of articles and reports and has won many competitive government research grants as well as pharmaceutical industry support for clinical drug trials. He is an external assessor for the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Dr Morris is trained in the application of the American Medical Association Guides for the Assessment of Permanent Impairment and the Psychiatric Impairment Rating Scale (PIRS).
Author's website: Gold Coast Institute of Mental Health