Associate Professor Susan Mary Bennett Morton
BSc(Hons), Dip Teaching, MBChB, PhD, FAFPHM
Susan is an expert in life course epidemiology and a specialist in Public Health Medicine. She is the Director of the University of Auckland cross-faculty Centre for Longitudinal Research - He Ara ki Mua, and has been the Director (PI) of the contemporary longitudinal study of NZ children and families (Growing Up in New Zealand) since its inception in 2005. The study follows 6853 children (born in 2009-2010) in the context of their families and the NZ environment. Her team engages with 16 government agencies to provide evidence to inform cross-sectoral policies to improve population wellbeing and solutions to reduce inequities in life course outcomes. Susan has a first class honours degree in pure mathematics and trained as a secondary teacher prior to undertaking her MBChB in Auckland. She undertook postgraduate training in paediatrics before being awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake a PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. On returning to NZ in 2003 she completed her Public Health training and set up the longitudinal study and cross-faculty UoA Centre to provide its academic home. Susan in passionate about child wellbeing and translating research to make a difference to life course health.
Research | Current
Key research interests
- Life-course epidemiology
- Maternal and child health and well-being
- Translational research (policy relevant)
- Data linkage and integration of data sources
Other research and teaching interests
Susan’s research interests are in life course epidemiology, statistical methods for life course research and translational research. Together these interests combine to develop and provide a robust and relevant inter-disciplinary evidence base to inform inter-sectoral public policy to improve population health.
Her pure mathematics, medical and epidemiological expertise provide a novel mix of skills to engage in the development of novel statistical methods to utlize life course epidemiological information effectively. She is a member of the UK and SLLS groups working on these methodological developments.
She enjoys teaching medical students and represents the School of Population Health on the MBChB BoS to ensure that population health learning objectives are embedded in the undergraduate medical curriculum.
She enjoys the opportunity to present research findings to diverse audiences and welcomes opportunities for media opportunities to highlight the information and analyses from the 6853 children and their families in the longitudinal cohort study Growing Up in New Zealand (www.growingup.co.nz).
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Morton, S. M., Ramke, J., Kinloch, J., Grant, C. C., Atatoa Carr, P., 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