I'm Dr. Brenda Morton, an Associate Professor, Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Specialist, and researcher. I teach and consult on trauma-responsive practices in P-16 schools and universities.
Prior to joining the university, I was a middle and high school teacher. I absolutely LOVE teaching and working with all students, but in particular, students who have been labeled as “at-risk”.
I absolutely LOVE teaching and working with all students, but in particular, students who have been labeled as “at-risk”. You know the students I am talking about; those who almost dare you to make education interesting, or worth their time! During my last year of teaching at the high school, I had two students who were in foster care.
Getting to know the students and the situation that ended up with removal from their home opened my eyes to an invisible population of students. A year later, we became certified foster parents, and our family grew from four to eight when we welcomed four siblings to our family.
My Blog Posts
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Highlights of Research
The grip of trauma:
Growing up fast:
Morton, B. M. Growing up fast: Implications for foster youth when self-reliance and adulthood collide. Children & Youth Services Review, 82, 156–161.
Seeking safety, finding abuse:
Morton, B. Seeking safety, finding abuse: Stories from foster youth on maltreatment and its impact on academic achievement. Child & Youth Services, 36(3), 205–225.