Dr. Elizabeth Morgan is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychology and
is the current director of the Family Studies Initiative. She received her Ph.D. in
developmental psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2008. Dr.
Morgan’s research focuses on adolescent and young adult sexual and romantic relationship
development in the context of parent-child relationships, peers and the media. Much of
her work emphasizes sexual orientation and sexual identity development, especially among
women. Concurrently she is interested in the development of narrative identities and
makes frequent use of qualitative methods in her work. Her other interests include sexual
dysfunctions and sex therapy, as well as women’s sexual health in general. In addition to
teaching several psychology courses, Dr. Morgan recently received a Service Learning
Course Development Grant. 



Changes in Sexual Values and Their Sources Over the 1st Year of College (with Eileen L. Zurbriggen), Journal of Adolescent Research (2012)

The present study identified emerging adults’ self-generated sexual values and sources of sexual values upon...



Not Always a Straight Path: College Students’ Narratives of Heterosexual Identity Development, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research (2012)

Research has recently begun to examine heterosexual identity development, providing preliminary evidence of variation...



Associations Between Young Adults' Use of Sexually Explicit Materials and Their Sexual Preferences, Behaviors, and Satisfaction, Journal of Sex Research (2011)

The present study examined how levels of sexually explicit material (SEM) use during adolescence and...



Interpersonal Identity Formation in Conversations with Close Friends About Dating Relationships (with Neill Korobov), Journal of Adolescence (2011)

The present study explores how close same-sex friendship groups participate in the co-construction of identities...



Processes of Sexual Orientation Questioning Among Heterosexual Women (with Elisabeth Morgan Thompson), Journal of Sex Research (2011)

Because very little is known about heterosexual identity development, this study assesses and describes sexual...



A Typology of Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adult College Students, 5th Conference on Emerging Adulthood (2011)