Emily Morrison

Emily Morrison

Assistant Professor, Sociology
409 F
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St, NW
Washington DC,
Phone: 202-994-6167
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

The heart of Emily Morrison's research focuses on the experience of intersubjectivity, exploring how people shape and are shaped by the people and environment around them.  One context in which relationships are vitally important is within health care. Research shows that the doctor-patient relationship directly affects health outcomes and yet, there is little understanding about how healthy relationships emerge from an enactive approach and so Professor Morrison seeks to address this gap. The essence of this research also informs her broader interests in service-learning, civic engagement, and cultivating meaningful learning experiences.

Complementing her research, Morrison founded the Capital City Area Health Education Center, a 501c3, and served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors. Prior to directing the Human Services program, Morrison directed ISCOPES within GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, an interinstitutional and interdisciplinary service-learning program for health professional students, as well as directed GW's Neighbors Project, where she initiated the Service-Learning Advisory Board to develop service-learning at GW. In 2010, she was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences for her contributions to student learning and the community at large.

Current Research

Meaningful Doctor-Patient Relationships
Developing Cultural Competence


EdD The George Washington University, 2011


Morrison, E. (2015). "How the I Shapes the Eye: The Imperative of Reflexivity in Global Service-Learning Qualitative Research." Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 22(1).

Nashman, H., Morrison, E. A., & Duggal, R. (2008). "Baby boomers as volunteers: Are non-profit organizations prepared?" Journal of the National Organization for Human Services 27(1):5-16.

Morrison, E. and Nyden, G. (2002). Chapters 1 and 2 in A Practical Guide for Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum. Washington, DC: American Association of Community Colleges.|

Morrison, E. (2001). "Service-learning and leadership." Leadership Insights and Applications Series #3.  College Park, MD: National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs.

Dr. Emily Morrison is an assistant professor at George Washington University. Her research focuses on how learn and relate to one another with an eye toward engagement and the experience of wellbeing within the sectors of healthcare, higher education, and human services. She has extensive experience with community-engaged scholarship (CES), program development and management, curricular revision, and assessment. She has provided training nationally and internationally on topics including: healing relationships, reflection, service-learning, civic responsibility, and CES. Before becoming faculty, she established and directed volunteer and service-learning programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Throughout her career, Dr. Morrison has sought to build bridges between academia and the broader community, fostering the co-creation of knowledge that benefits the community and enhances science. She has been awarded with the DePaul University inaugural Steans Center Service-Learning Research Fellowship, the Morton A. Bender Award of Excellence in Training (GW's highest teaching award), the Mid-Atlantic Campus Compact 2016 Early Career Engaged Scholarship Award, and GW's Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Morrison earned a B.S. from Kansas State University, and M.A. from the University of Maryland, and her Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University.

Classes Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

HSSJ 1100  Introduction to Human Services & Social Justice
HSSJ 3152  Fact, Field & Fiction: Intersections in Human Services & Social Justice
HSSJ 4133  Supervised Experience in Human Services & Social Justice
HSSJ 4193  Research and Independent Study