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Christopher Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

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Contact Information:


Office:       Math/Psychology 311

Phone:      410.455.2367

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:           Sondheim 407A

Phone:      410.455.8744


Ph.D. – State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1991

Area of Study:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on abuse and violence in intimate adult relationships. Example topics include the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral and motivational treatments for intimate partner abuse, the role of alcohol and drugs in partner abuse, and post traumatic stress symptoms as both a consequence of abuse victimization and a contributing factor in abuse perpetration.

Courses Taught:

Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 285)

Adult Psychopathology (PSYC 606)

Research Methods (PSYC 710)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

No: Not accepting new HSP graduate students for Fall 2018

Graduate students are involved in both clinical practice training and research in the area of partner abuse; excellent training context for independent, self-motivated students.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  Undergraduate opportunities available.

Varied tasks include literature searches, therapy session coding, data management, and phone outreach to survivors of intimate partner violence, analysis of archival data from clinical studies.



Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology, Clinical

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Chair, Department of Psychology


Selected Publications:

Murphy, C.M. (in press). Social information processing and the perpetration of intimate partner violence: It is (and isn’t) what you think.  Psychology of Violence.

Norwood, A., & Murphy, C.M. (2012). What forms of abuse correlate with PTSD symptoms in partners of men being treated for intimate partner violence? Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6, 596-604.

Murphy, C.M. & Ting, L.A. (2010). The effects of treatment for substance use problems on intimate partner violence: A review of empirical data. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15, 325-333.

Musser, P.H., Semiatin, J.N., Taft, C.T., & Murphy, C.M.. (2008). Motivational interviewing as a pre-group intervention for partner-violent men.  Violence and Victims, 23, 539-557.

Murphy, C.M., Taft, C.T., & Eckhardt, C.I. (2007). Anger problem profiles among partner violent men: Differences in clinical presentation and treatment outcome. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54, 189-200.