Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director of Siouxland Social Science Research Center
At Briar Cliff since:
Dr. Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant.
Dr. Murray teaches courses on introductory psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, personality, sexual deviancy, and forensic psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at BCU, she taught psychology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and was a research fellow at the University of Michigan's Addiction Research Center.
Dr. Murray’s primary research focus is on the relationship between alcohol, drugs and violence. Primarily, she is interested in studying what factors are related to partner and non-partner violence among men and women with substance use disorders. Her research interests also include substance abuse treatment engagement, as well as brief intervention strategies for violent behavior.
She has published in numerous journals including Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Substance Use and Misuse, and Addictive Behaviors.