Morgan Self
Graduate Student

M.A. Sociology, 2018 - Ball State University, Muncie, IN

B.S. Psychology & B.A. Biology, 2016 - Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Areas of Study
  • Public health, health communication, sociology of health
  • Applied sociology
  • Gender and family
  • Social psychology, identity development
  • Mixed methods
Research and Teaching

2021 - Certification in Online Teaching, University of Missouri-Columbia 

Spring 2020 - Graduate Instructor, SOCIOL 1000: Introduction to Sociology (16-week, online, self-paced), University of Missouri-Columbia


Morgan Self's main research interests include public health and health communication, specifically how health promotion and health behaviors unfold within the family. She is also interested in how patients and physicians create meaning about health and wellness through interpersonal communication with one another and within their social networks. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant in the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy assessing and analyzing the status of Missouri’s healthcare work force through survey-based methodologies.

Select Publications

Recent Publications:

Murphy, B., Lucht, J., McDavid, E., Yakubova, P., Self, M., Greever-Rice, T., Edison, K., Quinn, K., Ohler, A., Clarkston, C., Leggett, J., & Maddox, K. (Forthcoming). 2020 Missouri physician and surgeon workforce report. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.

Lucht, J., Murphy, B., McDavid, E., Self, M., Yakubova, P., Greever-Rice, T., Quinn, K., & Scheidt, L. (2021). 2020 Missouri nursing workforce report. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Self, M. (2018). “The fertile soul”: Examining the role exit process among infertile women (No. 5417). [Master’s thesis, Ball State University]. Cardinal Scholar.


Recent Presentations:

Self, M. (2020). Writing for justice: The life and theory of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Theory paper session at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting, Omaha, NE. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19].

Brent, E., Chakraborty, S., Self, M., & Grossman, K. (2019). “When to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em”: A Markov model of task perseverance. Presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Self, M. & Kraus, R. (2018). “The fertile soul”: Examining the role exit process among infertile women. Presented at the North Central Sociological Association annual meeting. Pittsburgh, PA.



Vice President, Sociology Graduate Student Group, 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, University of Missouri-Columbia

Social Hour Chair, Sociology Graduate Student Group, 2019-20 academic year, University of Missouri-Columbia

Social Media Manager, Alpha Kappa Delta, 2017-18 academic year, Ball State University

“Sociology Surge” Coordinating Committee member, 2017-18 academic year, Department of Sociology, Ball State University