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Biographical entry Morey, Elwyn Aisne (1914 - 1968)

17 September 1914
Stawell, Victoria, Australia
19 January 1968
Dunmore, New South Wales, Australia


Elwyn Morey was "probably the best-known child psychologist in Australia". Her principal interests were in the cognitive development of infants and young children, and the adjustment of children and their families to disability. At the University of Western Australia she was instrumental in developing landmark postgraduate diploma courses in child, educational and clinical psychology. Moving to Victoria she continued to promote more enlightened attitudes in mental health, and advances in child psychology and parent education. Morey developed assessment techniques to determine the potential of disabled children. She was largely responsible for the foundation of Rossbourne House, Hawthorn, a school for slow-learning children, and the Monash Child Study Centre which was named after her. Morey served as Honorary Psychologist to many hospitals, societies and institutions.



Education - BA (Hons), University of Melbourne
Education - DipEd, University of Melbourne
Education - MA, University of Melbourne
Education - BEd, University of Melbourne
1941 - 1945
Career position - Research Assistant, Australian Council for Education Research
Education - PhD, University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.
1947 - 1948
Career position - Lecturer, University of California
1948 - 1957
Career position - Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Western Australia
Career position - Australian Representative, Mental Health in Childhood Seminar, World Federation of Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
1957 - 1961
Career position - Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne
Career position - Australian Representative, UNESCO Expert Committee on Child Research, International Institute of Child Study, Bangkok
1961 - 1965
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University
1965 - 1968
Career position - Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Monash University

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  • Dunn, S. S. and Marshall, A. J., 'Obituary: Elwyn A. Morey', Australian Psychologist, 2 (3) (1968), 159-61. Details


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