Faculty Profile for Dr. Rick Morley

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Dr. Rick Morley
Assistant Professor — School of Social Work
ENC 150A
phone: (512) 245-2592

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Richard (Rick) Morley holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Culture, Human Development, and Learning from the University of Texas. Dr. Morley’s research focus relates to the impact of mindfulness meditation on criminality, aggression, antisocial behavior, and brain networks associated with violence. Dr. Morley has published multiple articles and has spoken at a variety of professional conferences concerning the intersection of violence, criminality, and self-compassion. Also, he has conducted professional talks on several related topics including mindfulness, mental health, religiosity, self-compassion, and antisocial personality disorder.

Dr. Morley arrived in the Austin area after he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Corrections from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Soon after his arrival in the Austin area, he went to work as a Parole Officer for the Parole Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He left working for the Parole Division to pursue his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development at Texas State University. Following his graduation, Dr. Morley became a placement specialist at Goodwill Industries of Central Texas where he helped former inmates find jobs. He transitioned into part-time employment to pursue his Ph.D. Also, he served as Chair of the Evidence Base Practice Subcommittee of Travis County Reentry Roundtable.

My name is Richard (Rick) Morley. I am the internship coordinator for the Department of Criminal Justice where I teach research methods and statistics to undergraduate and graduate students. I also publish on the impact of mindfulness meditation on criminality, aggression, antisocial behavior, and brain networks associated with violence. I developed this interest based on my experiences as an avid meditator, a parole officer, and a caseworker for ex-offenders. These experiences inspired me to cultivate an interdisciplinary approach to investigate mindfulness interventions as an antidote to violence.

Research Interests

Brain Networks associated with Violence
Self-Concept, Self-Awareness, and Antisocial Behavior
Mindfulness Meditation and Violent Criminality

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Jantz, P. B., & Morley, R. H. (2018). Techniques of neutralization: A brain network perspective. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1–22. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X17735045
  • Morley, R. H., Jantz, P., & Graham, R. (n.d.). The role of the Salience Network in perceptions of hostility and aggression. Neuropsychological Trends.
  • Morley, R. H. (2018). The intersection of Self-Control Theory, Self-Awareness Theory, and Mindfulness. The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 6(2), 152–169. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.25215/0602.076
  • Morley, R. H. (2017). The effect of self-compassion on impulsivity provoked by a reduction in self-esteem. Current Psychology, 1–6.
  • Morley, R. H. (2017). The Impact of Meditation and Self-compassion on Criminal Impulsivity. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Selected Grants

  • Jantz, Paul B. (Principal), Morley, Richard H. (Co-Principal). NIH Blueprint: Human Connectome Project data analysis: The link between brain networks and known predictors of violence, Texas State University, $16000. (Submitted: October 2016, Funded: January 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Common Experience
May 2017-May 2018
Common Experience
May 2014-May 2015