Christopher Murphy, Ph.D.


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Contact Information:


Office:       Math/Psychology 321

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

Fall 2023 Office Hours:

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Area of Study:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on understanding, preventing, and treating emotional abuse and physical violence in intimate adult relationships. Example topics include mental health and social risk factors for partner abuse; the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral, motivational, trauma-informed, and risk-responsive treatments for individuals who engage in partner abuse; and the prevention of partner abuse through relationship skills training.

Courses Taught:

Research Methods in Psychology II (PSYC 312)

Adult Psychopathology (PSYC 606)

Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology (PSYC 686)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

No:  Not accepting new HSP graduate students for Fall 2025

Graduate students on my team are encouraged to develop an independent line of research, and pursue a range of topics in the broad areas of intimate partner abuse and sexual assault.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES:  Undergraduate opportunities available

Varied tasks include conducting literature searches; preparing research summaries; collecting clinical data; and assisting with data coding, transcription, and management.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology, Clinical

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Co-Advisor, Psi Chi

Member, Retriever Courage Implementation Team (UMBC Response and Prevention Initiatives for Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Abuse)

Selected Publications:

Murphy, C.M., Ting, L.A., Jordan, L.C., Musser, P.H., Winters, J.J., Poole, G.M., & Pitts, S.C. (2018). A randomized clinical trial of motivational enhancement therapy for alcohol problems in partner violent men. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 89, 11-19.

Murphy, C.M., Eckhardt, C.I., Clifford, J.M., LaMotte, A.D., & Meis, L.A. (2017; on-line first). Individual versus group cognitive behavioral therapy for partner violent men: A preliminary randomized trial. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260517705666

Taft, C.T., Macdonald, A., Creech, S.K., Monson, C.M., & Murphy, C.M. (2016).  A randomized controlled clinical trial of the Strength at Home men’s program for partner violence in military veterans.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77(9), 1168-1175. doi:10.4088/JCP.15m10020

Webermann, A. R., Maldonado, A., Singh, R., Torres, S., Bushee, S., & Murphy, C. M. (in press, on-line first, 2019). Centrality of traumatic events and men’s intimate partner violence perpetration. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Nnawulezi, N., & Murphy, C.M. (2019). Understanding formal help-seeking among women whose partners are in abuser treatment programs. Psychology of Violence, 9(4), 383-391

Khalifian, C.E., Murphy, C.M., Barry, R.A., & Herman, B. (2016; on-line first). Skills for Healthy Adult Relationships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (SHARe@UMBC): Program development and preliminary data. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260516662303