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

Charles A Morgan III

Department of National Security
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Fellowship, Forensic Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2001
M.A., History of Medicine and Science, Yale University, 1996
Psychiatry Residency, Yale University, 1990
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 a Professor in the Department of National Security at the University of New Havens Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Dr. Morgan is a Forensic Psychiatrist, former intelligence officer, and a Neuroscientist. The focus of his teaching is intelligence analysis, research methods in national security, issues in deception and operational psychology (indirect assessments; Assessment & Selection for SOF units). Dr. Morgan is the Director of the National Security Research Laboratory at UNH and has grants from the US Government. His current research is focused on deception detection, and zero acquaintance/indirect assessments of human personalities.

Prior to coming to the University of New Haven, Dr. Morgan was a full time faculty member at Yale University School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry) for over 20 years and served as Medical Director at the clinical Neuroscience Division of the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the, Yale/Veterans Administration in Connecticut. Dr. Morgan continues to be a member of the clinical faculty at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Morgan also served as an Intelligence officer at the CIA (2003-2010).

Since 2007, Dr. Morgan has worked in operational psychology with numerous groups in the DoD ( e.g., the US Special Operations Command; the Marine Corps Special Operations Command; the Asymmetric Warfare Group; Marine Corps Embassy Security Group; 2nd Marines Division Leadership Assessment Program.) 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 was deployed to Afghanistan and served as a Psychological Operational Advisor with the US Army Asymmetric Warfare Group.

While at the CIA, Dr. Morgan also served as an academic supervisor to the Masters program of the Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. (2004-2010). After his time at CIA, Dr. Morgan served an operations specialist for the Special Technologies Laboratory, Counterintelligence Activities Division of the Department of Energy.

Dr. Morgan continues to provide subject matter expert consultation to as Forensic Psychistrist. He testified at the International Criminal Court, the Hague in 2022; He is a Subject Matter Expert to the U.S. Special Operations Command. He served as a member of the National Academy of Science Committee for Eyewitness Identification Reform (2014). Dr. Morgan is the author of over 100 peer reviewed publications for topics such as Post traumatic Stress, Eyewitness Memory, Interrogation Stress, Detecting Deception and Intelligence.

Recent Publications

Morgan III, CA, Dule, J, Rabinowitz, Y: Impact of Interrogation Stress on Compliance and Suggestibility in US Military Special Operations Personnel. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, July 2020. Ethics Medicine and Public Health 14:100499. DOI: 10.1016/j.jemep.2020.100499.

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: Psychosocial 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.


Investigation Discovery: Signs of a Psychopath (Seasons 1-4)

Publications of interest

Ridgeway, W, Morgan III CA, Picano J, Roland R, Rabinowitz Y: Sentence Completion Test Defensiveness and Success in US Military Assessment and Selection. Journal of Research in Personality 104 (2023); 104384.

Vrij A, Meissner CA, Fisher R, Kassin SM, Morgan III CA, Kleinman SM: Psychological Perspectives on Interrogation. Psychological Science, 12(6):927-955 · September 2017

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, 2013; Jan-Feb; 36(1) 11-7; 2013.

Morgan III, CA, Rabinowitz, YG, Leidy BHS, Coric V.: Efficacy of Combining Interviewing Techniques in Detecting Deception Related to Bio-Threat Issues. (2014) Behav. Sci. Law 32: 269–285

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.

Daphna Canetti1, Shaul Kimhi, Rasmiyah Hanoun, Gabriel A. Rocha, Sandro Galea, Charles Morgan III: How Personality Affects Vulnerability among Israelis and Palestinians following the 2009 Gaza Conflict: (2016). PLoS ONE 11(7): e0156278. doi:10.1371 journal.pone.0156278

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. (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.


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

In the Media

In the Media

The Atlantic: To Stop a Shooter

Andy Morgan, a professor of national security, comments on the neuroscience of human fear, including several specific chemicals produced by the body when under stress.

In the Media

USAA: 2034 is 1984 + 50...

A presentation by Charles A. Morgan, professor of national security, on using the internet and brain implants, and how thoughts can be transferred from one person to another, is discussed in this article.

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.