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Assistant Professor

Sarah McIvor Murray, PhD ’15, MSPH '11, researches mental health, stigma, and violence to promote the health of marginalized populations in low-resource communities.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 863

Research Interests

global mental health; intimate partner violence; stigma; depression; conflict and health; measurement; maternal mental health; sexual and gender minority health
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The College of William and Mary
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 individuals living in situations of complex adversity in high-, middle- and low-income country contexts, with a particular focus on women with young children and sexual and gender minority adults.
Honors & Awards
2018 NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention and Services Fellowship
2017 NICHD Pediatric Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Awardee
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
Select Publications
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).
  • Murray SM, Skavenski Van Wyk S, Metz K, Mulema SM, Mwenge MM, Kane JC, Alto M, Venturo-Conerly K, Wasil AR, Fine SL, Murray LK (2021). A qualitative exploration of mechanisms of intimate partner violence reduction for Zambian couples receiving the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) intervention. Social Science and Medicine, 268. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113458
  • 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.
Scientific Evaluation of the Psychosocial Impacts of Baby Friendly Spaces in Low-Resource Humanitarian Settings