Associate Professor, Psychology

Gayla Skawennio Morse

Gurley Hall 408


Dr. Morse is an Associate Professor at The Sage Colleges, School of Health Sciences in the Psychology Department.  For over a decade Dr. Morse has conducted research examining the effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other toxic chemicals on Mental Health.

Dr. Morse has served as Co-Principal Investigator of a research project entitled Biopsychosocial Well-Being among Akwesasne Residents, which examines the effects of toxic chemicals on mental health.

She is the Principal Investigator of a project entitled A Pilot Study to Examine Perceptions of Health, Disability, and Exposure to Environmental Toxins in an American Indian Community.

She has published in juried journals about the negative health effects of environmental toxins and has participated in both national and international professional conferences about Environmental health. Currently she is looking at the neurological effects of toxic chemicals as well as risk factors of dementia, substance abuse and PTSD associated with disability.

Dr. Morse is a member of the American Psychological Association, and is the Society of Indian Psychologists delegate to the Council of Representatives of APA as well as the member at large of the Women’s Caucus. She was nominated and installed into the 2005, 2007, and 2009 publications of Who’s Who of American Women. She has also served on the editorial board for the Journal of Counseling and Development, is a co-editor of the Journal of Indigenous Research, is a reviewer of the Journal of Social Science and Medicine, and a review of the Journal of Environment and Public Health.

She is an enrolled member of the Mohawk Tribe, and draws from the tribe the principles of respect, trust, and empowerment that have guided her both professionally and personally.