Cory Morton

Phone: (603) 862-3826
Office: Social Work, Pettee Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Cory M. Morton, Assistant Professor, Social Work

Cory Morton, PhD, MSW is interested in the prevention of child maltreatment through a focus on structuring communities to support family well-being. This research includes an investigation of how various features of the built environment (i.e. alcohol outlet density, social service array) are associated with rates of child abuse and neglect. His other research interests are concerned with child welfare practice and policy, including a focus on racial disproportionality in the child welfare system.


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Rutgers University
  • M.S.W., Social Work, East Tn State University
  • B.A., University of Tennessee

Courses Taught

  • SW 820: Social Welfare Policy I
  • SW 860: Research Methods in Soc Work
  • SW 926: Social Welfare Policy II
  • SW 962: Data Analysis and Statistics

Selected Publications

Morton, C. M. (2019). Community social deprivation and availability of substance use treatment and mutual aid recovery groups. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 14(1). doi:10.1186/s13011-019-0221-6

Morton, C. M., Wells, M., & Cox, T. (2019). The Implicit Curriculum: Student Engagement and the Role of Social Media. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(1), 153-159. doi:10.1080/10437797.2018.1508393

Morton, C., & Wells, M. (2017). Behavioral and Substance Use Outcomes for Older Youth Living With a Parental Opioid Misuse: A Literature Review to Inform Child Welfare Practice and Policy. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 11(4-5), 546-567. doi:10.1080/15548732.2017.1355866

Morton, C. M., Hoefinger, H., Linn-Walton, R., Aikins, R., & Falkin, G. P. (2015). What Are Youth Asking About Drugs? A Report of NIDA Drug Facts Chat Day. Journal of Drug Education, 45(3-4), 195-210. doi:10.1177/0047237915622084

Harris, S., Nikulina, V., Gelpi-Acosta, C., Morton, C. M., Newsome, V., Gunn, A., . . . Downing, M. J. (2015). Prescription drug diversion: Predictors of illicit acquisition and redistribution in three U.S. metropolitan areas. AIMS Public Health, 2(4), 762-783.

Morton, C. M., Simmel, C., & Peterson, N. A. (2014). Neighborhood alcohol outlet density and rates of child abuse and neglect: Moderating effects of access to substance abuse services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(5), 952-961. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.01.002

Morton, C. M. (2013). The moderating effect of substance abuse service accessibility on the relationship between child maltreatment and neighborhood alcohol availability. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(12), 1933-1940. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.09.019

Morton, C. M., Ocasio, K., & Simmel, C. (2011). A critique of methods used to describe the overrepresentation of African Americans in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1538-1542. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.03.018

Peterson, N. A., Peterson, C. H., Agre, L., Christens, B. D., & Morton, C. M. (2011). Measuring youth empowerment: validation of a Sociopolitical Control Scale for Youth in an urban community context. Journal of Community Psychology, 39(5), 592-605. doi:10.1002/jcop.20456

Fakunle, D., Morton, C., & Peterson, N. A. (2010). The Importance of Income in the Link Between Tobacco Outlet Density and Demographics at the Tract Level of Analysis in New Jersey. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 9(4), 249-259. doi:10.1080/15332640.2010.522890

Most Cited Publications