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José J Morosoli

Dr | Research Officer

Psychiatric Genetics

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Dr José J. Morosoli graduated with BSc in Psychology from the University of Murcia and MSc in Health and Behavioural Science Methods from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). He moved to Australia in 2017 with a QIMR Berghofer International PhD Scholarship to start his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Sarah Medland and Assoc. Prof. Lucía Colodro-Conde at the Psychiatric Genetics laboratory at QIMR Berghofer. His PhD program focused on understanding public attitudes towards genetics and the application of big data analytics to the study of science communication. He was awarded his PhD in 2021 and promoted to Research Officer at QIMR Berghofer. Currently, his main lines of work are the use of pharmacogenomic testing in mental health and the genetic basis of human cerebellum.


  • 2017-2021: PhD student at University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2015-2016: Research assistant at Department of Epidemiology, Murcia Regional Health Council, Spain
  • 2015: Intern at Sub-Directorate for Lifelong Learning, Ministry of Education, Spain






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  • Pharmacogenomics in mental health
  • Genetics of cerebellum
  • Public understanding of genetics
  • Genetics of aggressive behaviour
  • Statistical methods in quantitative genetics


  • Morosoli, J. J., Colodro‐Conde, L., Barlow, F. K., & Medland, S. E. (2021). Investigating perceived heritability of mental health disorders and attitudes toward genetic testing in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics.
  • Morosoli, J. J., Colodro-Conde, L., Barlow, F. K., & Medland, S. E. (2019). Public Understanding of Behavioral Genetics: Integrating Heuristic Thinking, Motivated Reasoning and Planned Social Change Theories for Better Communication Strategies. Behavior genetics, 49(5), 469-477.
  • Van der Laan, C. M., Morosoli, J. J., van der Weijer, S. G. A., Colodro-Conde, L., ACTION consortium, Lupton, M. K., Mitchell, B. L., McAloney, K., Parker, R., Burns, J. M., Hickie, I. B., Pool, R., Hottenga, J. J., Martin, N. G., Medland, S. E., Nivard, M. G., & Boomsma, D. I. (2021). Continuity of Genetic Risk for Aggressive Behavior Across the Life-Course. Behavior Genetics. 1-15
  • Pinheiro, M. B., Morosoli, J. J., Colodro-Conde, L., Ferreira, P. H., & Ordoñana, J. R. (2018). Genetic and environmental influences to low back pain and symptoms of depression and anxiety: A population-based twin study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 105, 92-98.
  • Pinheiro, M. B., Morosoli, J. J., Ferreira, M. L., Madrid-Valero, J. J., Refshauge, K., Ferreira, P. H., & Ordoñana, J. R. (2017). Genetic and environmental contributions to sleep quality and low back pain: a population-based twin study. Psychosomatic medicine.
  • Lopez-Minguez, J., Morosoli, J. J., Madrid, J. A., Garaulet, M., & Ordoñana, J. R. (2017). Heritability of siesta and night-time sleep as continuously assessed by a circadian-related integrated measure. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 12340.


  • 2021-current: International Society for Twin Studies, Early Career Representative
  • 2021-current: QIMRB Mental Health Education Committee
  • 2019-current: QIMRB Staff Association Executive, Social Convenor


  • 2018-current: Behavior Genetics Association
  • 2018-current: International Society of Psychiatric Genetics
  • 2018-current: American Society of Human Genetics
  • 2017-current: Australian Psychological Association


  • 2019: Travel Award, Behavior Genetics Association
  • 2019: Travel Award, International Society of Psychiatric Genetics
  • 2019: PhD Top Up Scholarship, QIMR Berghofer
  • 2017: Travel Award, US National Science Foundation


  • 2021: Ph.D. Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2016: M.S. Health and Behavioural Science Methods, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • 2013: B.S. Psychology, Universidad de Murcia, Spain