Bridget S. Murphy, DBH
|Research Program Administration Officer II
Dr. Murphy has almost three decades of education and experience in behavioral health and educational research, services, and supports. She has held positions in academic institutions, community-based and private sector organizations. Dr. Murphy’s principal experience is in behavioral health: substance use, mental health, and sexual health for culturally diverse children, youth, and families in various settings. As a teen, Dr. Murphy struggled with substance use and mental health issues and participated in treatment. This experience provided the foundation for her academic and professional direction.
Dr. Murphy began her career by providing services to adolescents primarily involved with the juvenile justice system. This led to various projects implementing evidence-based services for adolescents and their families, transitional-aged youth, and pregnant, parenting, and childless women. Previously, she was the director of adolescent services and research and was responsible for intervention evaluation projects. These included trauma-focused recovery-oriented systems of care, evidence-based treatment, recovery supports, and HIV prevention, testing, and counseling projects. Dr. Murphy has provided or directed professional continuing education, training, and technical assistance activities in a variety of settings for professionals across the U.S. She led the day-to-day implementation of a multi-site screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment project for juvenile justice involved youth and their caregivers. More recently, she coordinated a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of an online training for parents who have children with or suspected of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Today, she is coordinating a project designed to match experienced medication assisted treatment (MAT) providers with less experienced MAT providers to increase capacity for treating people with opioid use disorders. Dr. Murphy is directing training activities through the Arizona Rural Opioid Response Implementation project. Finally, she is the instructor for the undergraduate course Drugs and Society.
Improving our understanding of behavioral prevention and intervention processes as they relate to systems and services has been the focus of Dr. Murphy’s work. She has led or contributed to the development of peer reviewed manuscripts published in journals with impact factors ranging from 0.19 to 3.76.