Senior Lecturer & Internship Coordinator
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Texas (2012)
M.S. Health Care Human Resources, Texas State University (2004)
B.S. Corrections, The University of Texas Pan American (2000)
Areas of Expertise:
Brain Networks associated with Violence
Self-Concept, Self-Awareness, and Antisocial Behavior
Mindfulness Meditation and Violent Criminality
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.