Emily Morrison

Director, Human Services & Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Sociology (on sabbatical)
409 F
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington DC,
Phone: 202-994-6167
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Emily Morrison is the Director of the Human Services & Social Justice Program, housed within the Department of Sociology. The heart of Prof. 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 Prof. 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.

Classes Taught

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