Dr Matthew Morgan is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Thomas More Law School. Matthew's teaching and research interests include policing vulnerable and diverse populations with a particular focus on how police interact with people with mental illness. He has worked with police organisations in the UK and in Australia to inform best practice for when police interact with people suffering mental health crises in the community.
Matthew's work is critical and interdisciplinary and draws upon criminological theory as well as human rights law and principles to understand how marginalised individuals interact with the criminal justice system. His research has led to the publication of several peer-reviewed journal articles that have been widely cited in academic and media outlets.
Matthew is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and incorporates innovative and engaging pedagogical practices into his teaching to facilitate student-centred learning in the classroom. His current teaching covers Violence through History and Victimology. Matthew was recently nominated for the David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award in 2022.
Morgan, M. & Higginson, A. (In press). Perceptions of Police Treatment from young persons with mental illness: Findings from the Australian Youth Safety Survey. Policing and Society.
Morgan, M. (2022). Contradictions Between Community?Oriented Police Training and Paramilitary Police Training: Implications for Police Recruit Mental Health Response Training. The Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 37(4), 876-891. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09537-3
Miles-Johnson, T & Morgan, M. (2022). Operational Response: Policing Persons with Mental Illness in Australia. Journal of Criminology, 55(2), 260-281. https://doi.org/10.1177/26338076221094385
Morgan, M & Miles-Johnson, T. (2022). Responding to Persons with Mental Illness (PWMI): Police Recruit Perceptions of Mental Health Response Training and Engagement. Cogent Social Sciences, 8(1), 1-16, https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2021.2020469
Morgan, M. (2021). Police Responses to Persons with Mental Illness: The Policy and Procedures Manual of one Australian Police Agency and &lsquoProcedural Justice Policy&rsquo. Social Sciences, 10(42), https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10020042
Higginson, A., & Morgan, M. (2020). Australian Youth Safety Survey: 2020 Technical Report. QUT Centre for Justice, Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane. ISSN 2652-3809
Morgan, M & Paterson, C. (2017).'It's mental health, not mental police': A Human Rights Approach to Mental Health Triage and Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 13(2), 123-133. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pax047
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