Charles A Morgan III, M.D., M.A.

Charles A Morgan III Headshot
Professor
National Security
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Education

Fellowship, Forensic Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2002

M.A., History of Medicine, Yale University, 1996

M.D., Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA, 1986

B.A., French, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA, 1982

About Charles

Dr. Morgan is currently a Professor of National Security Studies at the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. The focus of his teaching is, national security studies, domestic and international intelligence analysis, and issues in deception. Dr. Morgan is developing a concentration on the HUMINT aspects, intelligence analysis and psychological operations arenas that are relevant to the intelligence community.

Prior to coming to the University of New Haven, Dr. Morgan was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and served as Medical Director at the clinical Neuroscience Division of the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the, Yale/Veteran’s Administration in Connecticut.

Dr. Morgan was a Special Advisor, in the Office of the Inspector General, US Department of Defense.  He has worked in operational psychology with the US Special Operations Command, the Marine Corps Special Operations Command, and with the Asymmetric Warfare Group. He developed a 4-day course for basic and advanced interviewing for a joint agency group (Army, Marines, FBI, OGA, DACA, CIFA). Dr. Morgan has developed and published scientific papers on new interviewing techniques designed to enhance the accuracy of credibility assessments that are used by professionals in the field of national security. Dr. Morgan has conducted psychological assessments of candidates applying to special Army and Marine units. In 2011 he was deployed to Afghanistan and served as a Psychological Advisor with the US Army Asymmetric Warfare Group.

Dr. Morgan served as an academic supervisor to the masters program of the Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. He also served as a Medical Intelligence Officer and Senior Research Scientist with the Central Intelligence Agency, and was a government representative to the United States Intelligence Science Board. He has served as an operations specialist for the Special Technologies Laboratory, Counterintelligence Activities Division of the Department of Energy. The products developed from his DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) research have been validated domestically as well as in a theatre of operations (Afghanistan; Jordan). At present, Dr. Morgan continues to provide subject matter expert consultation to the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, Fort Meade, MD, as well as to the Special Operations Commands of the US Army and U.S. Navy. He is a member of the National Academy of Science Committee for Eyewitness Identification, Department of Operational Psychology. Dr. Morgan is the author of many publications on intelligence research. 

Recent Publications

CAMorgan III B Russell, J McNeil, J Maxwell, PJ Snyder, SM Southwick, RH Pietrzak: Baseline Burnout Symptoms Predict Visuospatial Executive Function During Survival School Training In Special Operations Military Personnel. Journal Int. Neuropsychological Society (2011) 17: 1-8.

Pietrzak RH, Johnson DC, Goldstein MB, Malley JC, Rivers AJ, Morgan CA, Southwick SM: Pschosocial buffers of traumatic stress, depressive symptoms and psychosocial difficulties in veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom: The role of resilience, unit support and postdeployment social support.

Journal of Affective Disorders in press. Morgan, CA, Rasmusson A, Pietrzak RH, Coric V, Southwick, SM: Relationships among Plasma
Dehydroepiandrosterone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, Cortisol, Symptoms of Dissociation and Objective Performance in Humans Exposed to Underwater Navigation Stress. Biological Psychiatry, Volume 66, Issue 4 (August 15, 2009).

Aikins, DE, Martin DJ, Morgan III CA: Decreased Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia in Individuals with Deceptive Intent. Psychophysiology 47 (2010); 633-636.

McNeil, J. A., & Morgan, C. A. (2010). Cognition and decision making in extreme environments. In C. H. Kennedy & J. L. Moore (Eds.). Military Neuropsychology (pp. 361-382). New York, NY: Springer.

Loftus EF & Morgan III CA: Memory Distortions and the Intelligence Community. Journal of Intelligence Community Research and Development. No. 5 (May) 2010. 1-16.

Morgan III CA, Colwell K, Hazlett GA: Efficacy of Forensic Statement Analysis in Distinguishing Truthful from Deceptive Eyewitness Accounts of Highly Stressful Events. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56 (5); 2011. pp 1237-1234.

Morgan III CA & Hazlett, GA: Field Validation Exercise: Accuracy of Fixed Choice Testing compared to Polygraph Based Concealed Information Testing in detecting Sensitive Information in Special Operations Troops. Scientific Technical Report, DIA, 2011.

Morgan III CA, Coric V, Hilts D, Kallivrousis G, Clark W, Kine J, Hill SR, Schefferman R: Efficacy of Combining Interview Techniques in Detecting Deception Related to Bio-threat Issues. Peer Reviewed Scientific Technical Report, Defense Intelligence Agency HHM402-10-C-0088. 2012.

Morgan III CA, Southwick, SM, Steffian G, Hazlett GA, Loftus EF: Misinformation can influence memory for recently experienced, highly stressful events. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, Jan-Feb; 36(1) 11-7; 2013.

Morgan III, CA, Rabinowitz, YG, Hilts D, Weller CE, Coric V.: Efficacy of Modified Cognitive Interviewing, Compared to Human Judgments in Detecting Deception Related to Bio-threat Activities. Journal of Strategic Security. 6, no. 3 (2013): 100-119.

Morgan III CA, Taylor, M: Spontaneous and Deliberate Dissociative States During Realistic Military Stress: Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies, 2013 Aug: 26(4):492-7.

Taylor MK, Larson GE, Hiller Lauby MD, Padilla GA, Wilson IE, Schimied EA, Highfill McRoy RM, Morgan CA 3rd. Stress. 2014 Jan; 17(1): 70-8.

Southwick SM & Morgan III CA: I Believe What I Remember, But it May not Be True.

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 2014 Jan 4 in press.

Taylor MK & Morgan III CA: Spontaneous and Deliberate Dissociative States in Military Personnel: Relationships to Objective Performance Under Stress. Military Medicine, in press.

Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification: Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18891 (October 2014)

Morgan III, CA, Rabinowitz, Y, Palin B, Kennedy K: Who Should You Trust? Discriminating Between Genuine from Deceptive Eyewitness Accounts. Open Journal of Criminology, (2015) 8, 49-59.

Canetti D, Kimhi S, Hannoun R, Rocha GA, Galea S, Morgan CA (2016): How Personality affects Vulnerability among Israelis and Palestinians Following the 2009 Gaza Conflict. PLOS One. July 8, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0156278

Other

Dr. Morgan worked in academic. clinical and research environments for 25 years at Yale University. In addition to his work at Yale, Dr. Morgan has supervised students in the masters program at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling AFB, Washington, DC. Dr. Morgan served as a medical intelligence officer (2003-2010) with the Central Intelligence Agency and was a government liaison with the US Intelligence Science Board; In 2011 Dr. Morgan deployed to Afghanistan with the US Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group. From 2011-2013, Dr. Morgan served as an operations specialist for the Special Technologies Laboratory of the Department of Energy. At present, Dr. Morgan continues to perform private consulting regarding selection and assessment for the Asymmetric Warfare Group and the US Navy.

He is currently serving on the National Academy of Science Committee on Eyewitness Identification Reform and has joined the faculty of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven. Dr. Morgan is the first physician to be hired by the University where he is an Associate Professor in the Department  of National Security, with an emphasis on intelligence analysis, national security psychology and psychops.

Courses Taught
  • NSPS 6645 National Security: Issues in Deception
  • NSPS 6670 Special Topic: Intelligence Analysis
  • NSEC 4400 Intelligence Analysis
  • NSEC 1100 Introduction to National Security Studies
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In the Media

CNN: Bowe Bergdahl Defense Witnesses Describe His Mental State, Intelligence Contributions

Charles (Andy) Morgan, associate professor of national security and a forensic psychiatrist, testified Wednesday in the case of Bowe Bergdahl. He said Bergdahl suffers from numerous mental illnesses, including schizotypal personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as social anxiety/phobia and cognitive deficits. Bergdahl deserted his post as a United States army soldier and was captured and tortured by the Taliban. He was returned to the U.S. as part of a prisoner swap.