Dr. Murphy is an associate professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Purdue University Northwest. She received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Georgia. She is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Currently, Dr. Murphy teaches 3 content courses in the PNW MFT Program:
- CDFS 59000: Diversity and Social Justice in Family Therapy;
- CDFS 65700: Social Constructionist Family Therapies; and
- CDFS 59000: Contemporary Issues in Family Therapy.
In addition, she teaches one section of practicum (CDFS 66900: Practicum in Family Therapy) each semester, including summer. Finally, she teaches courses at the undergraduate level at PNW, including
- HDFS 43500: Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy, and
- HDFS 41300: Diversity in Families.
Dr. Murphy has published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, American Journal of Family Therapy, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, and Contemporary Family Therapy.
She has recently co-edited a book with Dr. Lorna Hecker titled Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy (2nd ed.), which is due to be published by Routledge in October 2016. She has also written a chapter on Feminist Therapy for a book edited by Reiter & Chenail, Case Conceptualization in Couples Counseling, due to be published soon by Routledge.
Her research interests include power in relationships, supervision and training, diversity, feminist issues, ethics and decision-making, and LGBT issues. She co-edited (with Sharon J. Price, Ph.D. and Patrick C. McKenry, Ph.D.) Families Across Time: A Life Course Perspective. She has presented at national conferences, including the National Council on Family Relations, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
She currently serves as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. In 2014, she served as the Region I (Northwest) Representative for the Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
She has served as a member of the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science, as Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Iowa State University, and as Treasurer for the Iowa Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
She serves on the editorial board for Contemporary Family Therapy, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, and Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. In addition, she serves on numerous committees at the Department, College, and University levels at Purdue University Northwest.
Dr. Murphy maintains a small private practice, in which she sees individuals, couples, and families.