Robert A. Murphy, PhD, MS, BA


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Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Child & Fam Mental Health & Dev Neuro
1121 W Chapel Hill St.
Suite 100
Durham, NC 27701
Office Telephone:
(919) 419-3474
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1996
  • MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1993
  • BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989
Research Interests:
Executive Director for the Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH), a consortium of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University dedicated to research, training, and intervention related to child trauma and maltreatment. Interests include services evaluation and intervention for traumatized, violence exposed, and HIV/AIDS affected youth. CCFH is a community treatment and services center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network focused on improving access to evidence based mental health care for foster care youth. Treatment dissemination efforts include co-directing the development of training infrastructure for dissemination of Parent Child Interaction Therapy in North & South Carolina, participation in a Duke and University of North Carolina partnership to disseminate Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy across North Carolina, implementation and evaluation of a statewide project to prevent abusive head trauma among NC infants, and a co-investigator for the Durham Family Initiative, a ten-year initiative designed to reduce community maltreatment in Durham County, NC by a magnitude of 50%. Other projects include Department of Defense funded program to improve resiliency among Marine Corps families following combat deployment and several projects involving orphans and vulnerable children in less wealthy nations.