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Sarah McIvor Murray, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 863
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
BA, The College of William and Mary, 2006


A major focus of my research to date has been the rigorous evaluation of interventions designed to treat mental disorders and distress for survivors of torture and conflict-related violence in diverse global settings. Currently, my primary research interest is in using mixed-methods to understand the multifaceted relationship between violence, stigma, and common mental disorders to inform the development of effective strategies to promote the mental health and psychosocial well-being of women and children living in situations of complex adversity in high-, middle- and low-income country contexts. This includes a focus on patterns of violence in the family, or specifically how intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against children intersect and are affected by (and affect) broader community or conflict-related violence. With the bulk of evidence for preventing IPV coming from trials of community-based interventions, I also seek to understand what types of targeted interventions can be added for those who do not respond to broader behavior change initiatives or who are at greater risk of IPV perpetration or victimization.

Honors and Awards

2016 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2013 Sommer Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2012 Marcia G. Pines Award in Bioethics and Public Health

2010 Humanitarian Assistance Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2006 Summa Cum Laude, The College of William and Mary

2006 Megan Owen Award for Excellence in Government, The College of William and Mary

2006 Omicron Delta Kappa, The College of William and Mary

2006 Phi Beta Kappa, The College of William and Mary

2002 Monroe Scholar, The College of William and Mary

  • global mental health
  • intimate partner violence
  • stigma
  • depression
  • conflict and health
  • measurement

Selected publications from the last 4 years

  • Murray SM, Augustinavicius J, Kaysen D, Annan J, Rao D, Falb K, Wachter K, Murray L, Bolton P, Bass J (2018). The impact of Cognitive Processing Therapy on sexual violence stigma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: results from a randomized controlled trial. Conflict and Health, 12(1).
  • Kane J, Skavenski Van wyk S, Murray SM, Bolton P, Melendez F, Kmett Danielson C, Chimponda P, Munthali S, Murray LK (2017). Testing the effectiveness of a transdiagnostic treatment approach in reducing intimate partner violence and alcohol abuse among families in Zambia: Study protocol of the Violence and Alcohol Treatment (VATU) trial. Global Mental Health, e18. doi: 10.1017/gmh.2017.10
  • Murray SM, Familiar L, Nakasujja N, Winch P, Gallo J, Opoka R, Caesar JO, Boivin MJ, Bass JK (2016).  Caregiver mental health and HIV-infected child wellness: perspectives from Ugandan caregivers. AIDS Care, 29(6);1-7. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1263722
  • Murray SM, Robinette K, Bolton P, Cetinoglu T, Murray LK, Annan J, Bass JK (2015). Stigma among survivors of sexual violence in Congo: Scale development and psychometrics. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260515608805
  • Bass JK, Annan J, Murray SM, Kaysen D, Griffiths S, Cetinoglu T, Wachter K, Murray L, Bolton PA (2013). Controlled Trial of Psychotherapy for Congolese Survivors of Sexual Violence. New England Journal of Medicine, 368(23);2182-2191. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1211853.