Debra A. Murphy, Ph.D.


Core Scientist, Combination Prevention Core



Debra A. Murphy (Ph.D. in Psychology, Florida State University, 1987) is a Research Psychologist and Director of the Health Risk Reduction Projects within UCLA ISAP.  She has conducted HIV/AIDS behavioral research on children, adolescents, adults, and families over the past 22 years.  Dr. Murphy is currently Principal Investigator on two NIMH-funded R01s.  The first is to assess the impact of maternal HIV/AIDS on late adolescent/early adult children in what will be a 15-year longitudinal study, as she has followed these families since the children were 5 to 11 years of age.  The second is to test the preliminary efficacy of a parenting intervention for HIV-infected mothers with well children age 6 to 14 years old.  Overall, she has been the P.I. on ten federally funded grants and three state funded grants, as well as a Co-investigator on twenty 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.


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.