Lead Clinical Research Specialist
Dr. Morton is the Lead Clinical Research Specialist at The Institute. In her role, she develops programs to meet the needs of the workforce serving children, youth, and families. She lead the development of curricula related to the Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner’s Online training program, as well as collaborates on curricula related to the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) for mental health practitioners and child welfare professionals, and Trauma Informed Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning curricula (SEFEL).Previously, Dr. Morton was Adjunct Professor of Family Science at the University of Maryland, Assistant Professor of Family Studies at Towson University, and a Family Educator/Parenting Group Facilitator/Couple’s Course Facilitator at the Institute for Family Education. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as her Ph.D. in Family Science from University of Maryland, College Park. She also completed her certification in Family Mediation from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work.