PhD, Western Michigan University, 2002
MA, Western Michigan University, 1999
Dr. Laura Murray is an Associate Scientist at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health in the Department of Mental Health and International Health; a clinical psychologist by training. She is a co-founder of the Applied Mental Health Research group, which has developed and refined a Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (DIME) methodology for use with mental and behavioral health initiatives in low-resource countries. Dr. Murray has extensive expertise in a wide range of evidence-based treatments for mental and behavioral problems. She has conducted research in a wide range of countries ranging from qualitatively understanding mental health, to full randomized trials of treatments. She was PI and completed a USAID DCOF-funded randomized controlled trial of Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with HIV-affected orphans and vulnerable children exposed to violent events. Dr. Murray is PI on a NICHD R01 to conduct a randomized controlled trial of a mental health intervention (TF-CBT) and psychosocial counseling for HIV-affected adolescents in Zambia, with a primary outcome of HIV risk behaviors. Dr. Murray is co-developer of the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) – a modular, flexible multi-problem transdiagnostic approach built to address implementation and sustainability barriers. CETA has been evaluated in 3 large randomized clinical trials and one open trial showing effectiveness on depression, trauma, violence, anxiety, substance misuse, relationship problems, aggression, and safety in high-risk situations. Dr. Murray also regularly consults on global health systems design and implementation processes of evidence-based programs in low-resource countries. She has developed organizational interventions and consults to staff at all levels within an organization. Dr. Murray publishes extensively on global mental health in top journals and regularly speaks at conferences.