Morris, Sarah, PhD

Chief, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders Research Program
Division of Adult Translational Research
National Institute of Mental Health


Sarah E. Morris, PhD, is the Chief of the Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders Research Program in the Adult Psychopathology and Psychosocial Intervention Research Branch of the Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development (DATR). Dr. Morris earned her B.A. in Psychology from Scripps College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied the processing of emotional and auditory stimuli and error detection in schizophrenia using psychophysiological methods. She completed a clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veteran Administration (VA) Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Following her fellowship, Dr. Morris joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and continued as an investigator at the MIRECC. She also served as Director of the VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland Baltimore Psychology Internship Consortium. Her research has focused on learning, reward processing and self-monitoring in schizophrenia using event-related brain potentials and on remediation of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. She joined the NIMH in 2010, where she manages a portfolio of research grants focused on schizophrenia and serves as a member of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) workgroup.