Chad Morris Profile


Dr. Chad T. Morris

Associate Professor

Director of Honors Program

Department: Sociology
Office: 206 Trout Hall



B.S., Anthropology/Sociology and Biology, Centre
College (Danville, KY)
M.A., Anthropology, University of Memphis
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Kentucky

Scholarly Activities

Director, Roanoke College Honors Program

Member, Governing Council, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Chairperson, Ethics Committee, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology


Recent Publications

Morris, C. and Lancey, A., eds. (In press) The Applied Anthropology of Obesity:Prevention, Intervention and Identity. Lexington Books.

Morris, C. (2013) On Convergence: A Call for Participation. Anthropology News 54(7-8):36 (Print and Online).

Morris, C., Collett, K., Deleconio, J., Fogle, C., Sliwa, N. (2013) Preliminary Report: Attitudes, Practices and Ideas Associated with Nutrition and Food Security in Ngerbeched and Ngarchelong, Republic of Palau. Salem, VA: Roanoke College.

Morris, C. (2011). Assessing and Achieving Diversity of Participation in the Grant-Inspired Community-Based Public Health Coalition. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 35(2): 43-65.

Morris, C., Luque, J. (2011). Anthropological Insights on Effective Community-Based Coalition Practice: An Introduction. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 35(2): 1-9.

Morris, C., Luque, J., eds. (2011). Special Issue: Anthropological Insights on Effective Community-Based Coalition Practice. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 35(2).

Morris, C., Courtney, A., McDermott, R., Bryant, C.A. (2010). Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast at School: Observations from a Pilot Program. J Nutrition Education and Behavior. 42(3): 208-9.

Morris, C. (2009). Assessing Factors Influencing Participation and Dissemination in Community-Based Public Health Coalitions: An Exploration of Social Change. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky.


Chad Morris is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Roanoke College. Dr. Morris has a B.S. from Centre College in Anthropology/Sociology and Biology, a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky. He serves as co-coordinator of Roanoke College’s Anthropology and Health Care Delivery Concentrations and is Director of the College’s Honors Program.  His current research agenda includes investigating and promoting community-driven means of reducing rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity in the Micronesian Republic of Palau, where he has worked alongside Roanoke College students and Palauan officials to conduct household research about dietary practice and public health promotion. This ongoing work has been funded by Roanoke College, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and the Tanita Healthy Weight Community Trust. Dr. Morris has additional research expertise in public health coalition development and practice, indoor environmental health, cross-cultural perspectives on organ and tissue donation, immigrant access to health care, and urban and rural development initiatives. He is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Chair of the Ethics Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, and an elected member of the same Association’s Governing Council. He is the 2013 recipient of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Hiter Harris, Jr. Rising Star Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the 2014 recipient of the Roanoke College Dean's Award for Exemplary Service. 

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Public Health Promotion (e.g. Obesity, Smoking Cessation, and Oral Health Campaigns)

Immigrant Health Care Access/Health Inequities

Food and Culture

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Effective Coalition/Meeting Management (Increasing Diversity of Participation and Dissemination of Ideas)

Public Health Promotion

Effective Strategies for Community Development

Global Culture