Debra A. Murphy, Ph.D.

Titles:

Core Scientist, Combination Prevention Core

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Biography:

Debra A. Murphy, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, and Director of the Health Risk Reduction Projects within UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Program (ISAP). She has conducted HIV/AIDS behavioral research on children, adolescents, adults, and families over the past 24 years. Her primary areas of research are: (1) children and adolescents affected by maternal HIV/AIDS; (2) mental health and adherence issues among HIV-positive adolescents; and (3) assessment of children and adolescents, as well as HIV-related assessment. Dr. Murphy is currently Principal Investigator on two NIMH-funded grants. The first is an R01 to test the preliminary efficacy of a parenting and self-care intervention for HIV-infected mothers with well children age 6 to 14 years old (the IMAGE program); the second is Collaborative R01 to conduct a full-scale trial of her successfully piloted maternal disclosure intervention, which is being conducted in Los Angeles and Atlanta. She serves as a Core Scientist with the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS; NIMH), and is an Associate Director on the Research Core of the NIDA-funded Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR). Overall, she has been the P.I. on eleven federally funded grants and five state funded or private foundation grants, as well as a Co-investigator on 23 federally funded projects. Prior to coming to UCLA, she was the Associate Director for the Center for AIDS Intervention in Wisconsin, and Co-Investigator on a series of federal grants focused on outcome evaluations of HIV behavioral risk-reduction interventions.

Education:

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, California, US
M.S., Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, California, US
B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University, California, US

Research and Interests:

Mental health of children and adolescents affected by maternal HIV/AIDS; mental health issues among HIV-positive adolescents; and HIV-related assessment.

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