Kristen Morris, PhD
PhD, Cornell University; MS, Colorado State University; BS Colorado State University.
Dr. Kristen Morris is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri in the Textile and Apparel Management Department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design at Colorado State University, and worked as the creative and technical designer for two start-up activewear companies in Denver. During that time, she also worked as a full-time graphic designer for a sporting goods company before she went back to Colorado State to receive her MS. She received her PhD from Cornell University where she helped develop a National Science Foundation supported youth program aimed at engaging girls in STEM through functional apparel design. She has also taught apparel design courses including Introduction to Apparel Design and Product Design and Development and currently teaches Integrated Apparel Design & Production, Technical Design, Apparel and Textile Presentation Techniques, and Digital Textile and Apparel Applications (Computer Aided Design).
Dr. Morris’s main research interest is focused on exploring ways to enhance the performance and aesthetics of functional garments through a collaborative product development process. Her research addresses the viability of incorporating users into the design of their own products through participatory design methods where the goal is to create commercially viable, culturally relevant, and societally valuable functional apparel designs. She believes that by studying the context within which the garment will be worn with the people who will wear them, we can align, apply, and develop innovative apparel technologies and methodologies to address human needs. Her research addresses exceptional, identifiable, and quantifiable user needs within the apparel product development process, focusing on the requirements of complex target populations that range from athletes to astronauts.