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José J Morosoli

PhD Candidate

Psychiatric Genetics

+61 7 3362 0248



Mr José J. Morosoli graduated with degrees 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 Medical Research Institute. His work focuses on understanding public attitudes towards genetics and the application of big data analytics to the study of science communication.


  • 2015-2016: Research assistant at Department of Epidemiology, Murcia Regional Health Council, Spain
  • 2015: Intern at Subdirectorate for Lifelong Learning, Ministry of Education, Spain




  • 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. (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.
  • 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.
  • Tornero, E., Sánchez-Romera, J. F., Morosoli, J. J., Vázquez, A., Gómez, Á., & Ordoñana, J. R. (2017). Altruistic Behavior among Twins. Human nature, 1-12.
  • 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.
  • Mezquita, L., Sánchez-Romera, J. F., Ibáñez, M. I., Morosoli, J. J., Colodro-Conde, L., Ortet, G., & Ordoñana, J. R. (2017). Effects of Social Attitude Change on Smoking Heritability. Behavior Genetics, 1-10.


  • 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
  • 2017: Travel Award, US National Science Foundation


  • 2016: M.S. Health and Behavioural Science Methods, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • 2013: B.S. Psychology, Universidad de Murcia, Spain