Associate Professor Susan Mary Bennett Morton

BSc(Hons), Dip Teaching, MBChB, PhD, FAFPHM


Susan is an epidemiologist and specialist in public health medicine. She currently holds a joint appointment as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health and the Liggins Institute and is currently the Director of a new longitudinal study of NZ children and families (Growing Up in New Zealand). She brings a mix of skills to these roles, having initially utilized her honours degree in pure mathematics to train and teach as a secondary school mathematics teacher. After switching careers and undertaking her medical training in Auckland she began training in paediatrics as a registrar in the late 1990s before traveling to London to pursue a PhD in epidemiology and specializing in Public Health Medicine.

Research | Current

Key research interests

  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Maternal and child health and well-being
  • Translational research (policy relevant)

Other research and teaching interests

Susan’s main research interests are in translational research which aims to provide a robust and relevant inter-disciplinary evidence base to inform inter-sectoral public policy related to improving the health of the population.

She also enjoys teaching medical students and is part of a group of clinicians who are increasing the population health presence in the undergraduate medical curriculum.

Additionally she is very keen to share knowledge gained from robust scientific research with the community.


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Morton, S. M. B., Ramke, J., Kinloch, J., Grant, C. C., Carr, P. A., Leeson, H., ... Robinson, E. (2015). Growing Up in New Zealand cohort alignment with all New Zealand births. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 39 (1), 82-87. 10.1111/1753-6405.12220
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Ramke, Cameron Grant, Arier Lee


Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 312
New Zealand

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