Patricia Morton, Ph.D., was recruited to Rutgers University by Dr. Wise Young to assist in the development of the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and the Spinal Cord Injury Project where she has served as Director of Planning and Development since its inception. Dr. Morton holds a doctorate in Strategic Planning and Development from the University of Wisconsin. She received the Dively Fellowship, an Association for Women in Development Scholarship, and the International Community Development Society (CDS) Achievement Award. She received a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.
Dr. Morton leads a Byrne Seminar and co-teaches a junior-senior seminar on stem cells, spinal injury, clinical trial design, and ethics, and is co-founder and advisor for RU-WINS (Rutgers University Women in Neuroscience). She works closely with people with spinal cord injuries and their families, and with cooperative efforts between organizations and institutions involved in spinal cord injury research and clinical trials in the United States and internationally. She designed and led fund-raising activities, and instituted programs to bring injured people and their families into partnership with scientists. She coordinated a state-by-state movement, Quest for the Cure, to pass legislation to increase funding for spinal cord injury, including the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research where she served as a founding member, and enabled successful efforts to pass stem cell legislation and funding in New Jersey and throughout the country. Publications include: You Say You Want a Revolution, 2014: Cerebrum, Dana Foundation, pgs. 125-134.
Dr. Morton previously served as a senior planner in international and urban development focusing on economic development, strategic planning, policy analysis, project design, implementation, and evaluation, program management and administration, including business, government, and community relations. Dr. Morton participated in background and on-site research, planning, and project design in development and other proprietary projects. She has served on several University Committees, serves on the Board of Directors of two non-profit organizations, and is a member of the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Steering Committee.