Marissa  Morris

Marissa Morris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology


Coherence Lab. Marissa Morris received her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and BA from Cornell University. Her early research focused on the electrocortical, neuropsychological, and psychophysiological etiology of several psychopathologies, namely schizophrenia spectrum disorders (specifically schizotypal traits) and adolescent aggression and psychopathic traits, using a wide range of psychophysiological and brain-related modalities (EEG, ERPs, EKG, sEMG). Marissa’s ongoing experience with biomarkers has fueled her interest, papers, and current research projects on coherence across organs (namely brain and heart). Her research interests and current projects span computational and information processing models of consciousness, resonant breathing, mindfulness, brain-body dynamics, neural synchrony, and consciousness.


Ph.D. 2011 University of Southern California; Clinical Neuroscience

M.A 2008  University of Southern California; Clinical Neuroscience

B.A. 2004 Cornell University; BioPsychology


Hales CG, Ericson M. Electromagnetism's Bridge Across the Explanatory Gap: How a Neuroscience/Physics Collaboration Delivers
Explanation Into All Theories of Consciousness. Front Hum Neurosci. 2022 Jun 16;16:836046. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2022.836046. PMID: 35782039; PMCID: PMC9245352.
Hunt, T., Ericson, M. Schooler, J. (2022). Where's my consciousness-ometer? How to test for the presence and complexity of consciousness.
Perspectives on Psychological Science. 17(4):1150-1165. doi:10.1177/17456916211029942
Young, A, Hunt, T., Ericson, M. (2022). The Slowest Shared Resonance: A Review of Electromagnetic Field Oscillations Between Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience Feb 16;15:796455. PMID: 35250508; PMCID: PMC8888685.
Isen J, Tuvblad C, Younan D, Ericson M, Raine A, Baker LA. Developmental Trajectories of Delinquent and Aggressive Behavior: Evidence for Differential Heritability. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2021 Jan
Martin, J. A., Ericson, M., Berwaldt, A., Stephens, E. D., & Briner, L. (2021). Effects of two online positive psychology and meditation programs on persistent self-transcendence. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.
Teteh, D, Chan, M, Turner, B., Hedgeman, B., Ericson, M., Clark, P., Mitchell, E., Barrett, E., Wilson, A., Kittles, R., Montgomery, S. (2020). Heavy is the head that wears the crown: Black men’s perspective on harmful effects of Black women’s hair product use and breast cancer risk. American Journal of Mens Health doi:10.1177/1557988320970073
Teteh, D., Ericson, M., Monice, S., Dawkins-Moultin, L., Bahadorani, N., Clark, P., Mitchell, E., S. Treviño1, L., Llanos, A., Kittles, R., Montgomery, S. (2020) The Black identity, hair product use, and breast cancer scale. PLOS ONE
Teteh, D. Love, M, Chan, M. Ericson, M. (2023) The Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Lung Cancer Patients and Family Caregivers: A Systematic Review
Dhamija, D., Ericson, M., Berntsen, L., Raine, A., Tuvblad, C., & Baker, L.A., (2019). Developmental Etiology of Reactive and Proactive Aggressive Behavior: A Twin Study. Developmental Psychopathology.
Tuvblad, C., Bezdjian, S., Ericson, M. L, Shug, R., Raine, A., & Baker, L.A. (2016). The Heritability of Psychopathic Personality in 14 to 16 years Old Twins: MultiRater and Multi-Measure Approach. Psychological Medicine
Ericson, M. L, Tuvblad, C., Raine, A., Young-Wolff, K., & Baker, L.A. Heritability and longitudinal stability of schizotypal personality traits during adolescence. Behav Genet. 2011 Jul;41(4):499-511. PMCID: PMC3123391


Ericson, M. L., Tuvblad, C., Raine, A & Baker, L.A. (under review) Relationships between latent executive function ability and antisocial
behavior throughout development: a common pathways cross-lagged analysis.
Ericson, M. L, Baker, L.A., Tuvblad, C., & Raine, A (under review). Genetic and environmental overlap among schizophrenia spectrum endophenotypes and schizophrenia liability during childhood and adolescence. 
Fears SC, Service SK, Kremeyer B, Araya C, Araya X, Ericson ML, et al. Multisystem component phenotypes of bipolar disorder for
genetic investigations of extended pedigrees. JAMA Psychiatry 2014; 71: 375–387.
Young-Wolff, K. C., Kendler, K. S., Ericson, M.L, Prescott, C. A. (2011) Accounting for the association between childhood maltreatment and alcohol-use disorders in males: a twin study. Psychol Med. Jan;41(1):59-70. PMCID: PMC3010204