Gary Morris

Nursing Lecturer

0113 3431320

Summary: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing


Dr Gary Morris - Bsc (hons) Nursing (Mental Health) programme leader. 

After qualifying as a mental health nurse my professional development commenced with working in London in a practice setting run as a therapeutic community. This was followed by running psychotherapy groups and offering individual therapy. I subsequently broadened my therapeutic base training in psychodrama and as a cognitive analytic therapist. Experience was also gained working in a dementia care ward, recognising the need to develop wide-ranging and in some cases more creative communication approaches.

As an educationalist I firmly believe in the need to see the person within the condition and have developed approaches to facilitating empathic engagement amongst nursing students. I also value the importance of collaboratively engaging with service users and carers, recognising their status as experts by experience - individuals who can help us contextualise and better understand what it is like to live with mental health issues. My main teaching interests focus upon promoting awareness of lived mental health experience, utilising a wide range of approaches including exposure to media products carrying personal narratives. These include feature films, TV documentaries, autobiographies, Internet blogs / discussion forums and newspaper / magazine articles amongst many others. This I believe is the heart of the mental health nurse’s role – learning how to engage and connect with those experiencing mental health issues and subsequently being better placed to address identified needs.


Selected publications


Morris, G. (2006).  Mental Health Issues and the Media. Routledge: London.

Morris, G., & Morris, J. (2010). The Dementia Care Workbook. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Morris, G. (2010). Developing empathy - Connecting with the screen experience. In: S. McAndrew, & T. Warne (Eds.), Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Education (pp 142-56). London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Morris, G. (2011). Seeing is believing. Journal of Dementia Care. 19(4), 16-17.

Morris, G., & Forrest, R. (2013). Wham, sock, kapow: can Batman defeat his biggest foe yet and combat mental health discrimination? An exploration of the videogames industry and its potential for health promotion. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 20(8), 752-60. doi:10.1111/jpm.12055

Morris, G. (2014). Developing awareness and understanding amongst mental health nursing students of the lived experience of dementia with the aid of selected first-person media resources. Journal of Research in Nursing. 19(5), 434-48. doi:10.1177/1744987114539343

Morris, G. (2014). Education can be fun: a qualitative study exploring the promotion of learning through the use of creative and engaging online resources. Open Education Europa. 10 Mar 2014.

Morris, G. (2016). The lived experience in mental health. London: CRC Press.



Selected Conference Presentations

Morris, G. December 2016. Education Through Entertainment: Promoting Learning Through the Use of Creative and Engaging Online Resources presentation. Online Educa Berlin, Germany

Morris G. November 2016. Engaging with lived dementia experience through first-person media narratives. 5th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia. London.

Morris, G. September 2015. Facilitating engagement with mental health lived experience through the use of visual narratives. 4th International Visual Methods Conference, University of Brighton.

Morris, G. September 2015. Retaining a voice: Connecting with the dementia experience through selected media narratives. 5th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care. Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Holt, I., &Morris, G. June 2015. Leading nurses to guide health role transition from a metasynthesis of dementia literature. Sigma Theta Tau: Phi Mu Chapter Biannual Conference. Weetwood Hall Conference Centre, Leeds.

Morris, G. Worton, K., Leslie, K., & Berrill, P. January 2015 Mobile apps and mental-health care. Student Education Conference 4 - The Leeds Graduate - the distinctive journey. University of Leeds.

McNichol, E., Morris, G., & Iqbal, K. January 2015 The use of patient and carer stories and narratives in student education. Student Education Conference 4 - The Leeds Graduate - the distinctive journey. University of Leeds

Gurbutt, R., & Morris, G. January 2014 Design factors in a real-world clinical-decision-making simulation. SEC3, Third annual student education conference. University of Leeds, Leeds.

Morris, G. September 2012, Living with dementia. Living with Difference Conference. Leeds

Morris, G. May 2012 Engaging students through interactive and impactful Articulate resources. 4th European Articulate Conference. Weetwood Hall, Leeds.

Morris, G. March 2012. Fictional representations of dementia and their educational potential. 27th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International. Excel Conference Centre, London.

Morris, G. January 2012. Audio feedback for students using the reflecting team module for family therapy. Student Education Conference 1 – Excellence. University of Leeds

Morris, G. January 2012, Using Articulate to engage students through interactive and impactful learning material. Student Education Conference 1 – Excellence. University of Leeds

Morris, G. September 2011. ALT/Epigeum Award for Most Effective Use of Video.
ALT-C 2011: Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate, University of Leeds

Morris, G. June 2011 Promoting learning through the use of creative and engaging online resources E-learning in Health. Aston Business School, Birmingham.

Morris, G. and Gurbutt, R. June 2011 Carrot and Stick - promoting staff engagement in e-learning. E-learning in Health Conference. Aston Business School, Birmingham.

Morris, G. October 2010 Using first-person media accounts to help understand the lived experience of dementia. Coming of Age: Dementia in the 21st Century, Excel Conference Centre, London.