Prof. Michael Murray

Title: Professor of Social and Health Psychology
Phone: Tel: +44 (0)1782 733736
Fax: +44 (0)1782 733387
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Location: Dorothy Hodgkin Building 0.65
Role: Head of School
Contacting me: via School Office
Michael Murray 2012

Training

In the 1970s I obtained a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.  I followed this with a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Stirling in Scotland.  My PhD supervisor was Professor Ivana Markova FBA and my examiner was Professor Rob Farr.

Work

I then moved to London where in the late 1970s I was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Psychology in the Division of Community Health at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School (now part of Kings College, London).  In the mid 80’s I returned to the University of Ulster initially as a Lecturer and then as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.   I moved to Canada in the early 90s where I was appointed Professor of Social & Health Psychology at Memorial University.  I returned to the UK in 2006 to take up my current appointment. 

Visiting

I have held a series of visiting appointments at various universities including Durham University (Leonard Slater Fellow), London School of Economics (Visiting Teacher), and Massey University, New Zealand (Visiting Scholar).  I am currently a Visiting Professor at City University, London and at Staffordshire University, UK.

Editorial and Review Work

I am Associate Editor of both the Journal of Health Psychology and of Psychology and Health.  In addition, I sit on the editorial boards of various other journals including Psychology, Health & Medicine, Health Psychology Review and Arts & Health.

I also sit on a range of research review bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council College of Reviewers

Organisations

I was a founding member and first Chair of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology.  This society holds a biennial conference to which it attracts several hundred participants on each occasion.  These conferences have been held in Canada, UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland.  The next one will be held in South Africa in 2015.

Over the years I have received various awards including Fellowship of the British Psychological Society and of the Canadian Psychological Association.

 

I am keen to develop a critical social psychological approach to the study of health, illness, ageing and well-being that is insightful and change oriented.  I locate my research within a socially dynamic theoretical and methodological framework and within a broader commitment to social justice.  From a theoretical perspective I am interested in social-community psychology and social representation and narrative theory.  From a methodological perspective I am interested in qualitative, participatory and arts-based research approaches.  I am currently working on several large research projects including:

  • Call me: Social engagement among older people project.
    This project is funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing Initiative and is concerned with exploring strategies for enhancing social engagement among older people who live in disadvantaged communities.

  • Ages and Stages: a study of the changing role of theatre in representing and constructing ageing. 
    This is a study exploring the role of the theatre in representing and constructing ageing in society.

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows especially those who are interested in critical, community and innovatory approaches to the social psychological study of health, illness and ageing.

I am a member of Centre for Psychological Research.  I am also lead for the Keele Initiative on Ageing

Selected Publications

  • Marks DF, Murray M, Evans B, Estacio E. 2010. Health Psychology. (3rd ed.). London: Sage Publications. link> link>
  • Murray M and Crummett A. 2010. 'I don't think they knew we could do these sorts of things': social representations of community and participation in community arts by older people. J Health Psychol, vol. 15(5), 777-785. link> doi>
  • MURRAY M. 2009. Health psychology. In Critical Psychology: An introduction. Fox D, Prilleltensky I, Austen S (Eds.). (Second ed.). London: Sage. link>
  • MURRAY MP, Ferris, L, Nelson, G, Poland, B. 2004. Assumptions and Values of Community Health Psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 9(2), 323-333. doi>
  • MURRAY MP and Campbell, C. 2004. Community Health Psychology: Promoting Analysis and Action for Social Change. Journal of Health Pyschology, vol. 9(2), 187-195. doi>

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Books

  • Marks DF, Murray M, Evans B, Estacio E. 2010. Health Psychology. (3rd ed.). London: Sage Publications. link> link>
  • Murray M. 2004. Critical Health Psychology. (1st ed.). Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Beech R and Murray M. 2013. Social engagement and healthy ageing in disadvantaged communities. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, vol. 14(1), 12-24. doi>
  • Buchanan A and Murray MP. 2012. Using participatory video to challenge the stigma of mental illness: a case study. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, vol. 14(1), 35-43. doi>
  • Murray M. 2010. Health psychology in context. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, vol. 25, 12. link> doi>
  • Murray M and Crummett A. 2010. 'I don't think they knew we could do these sorts of things': social representations of community and participation in community arts by older people. J Health Psychol, vol. 15(5), 777-785. link> doi>
  • Murray MP and Jacobs G. 2010. Developing critical understanding by teaching action research to undergraduate psychology students. Educational Action Research, vol. 18, 319-335. doi>
  • MacDonald D, Murray M, Collins KD, Simms A, Fowler K, Felt L, Edwards AC, Alaghehbandan R. 2009. Challenges and Opportunities for Using Administrative Data to Explore Changes in Health Status: A Study of the Closure of the Newfoundland Cod Fishery. POPULATION HEALTH MANAGEMENT, vol. 12(6), 345-352. link> doi>
  • Murray M. 2009. Health psychology and writing: an introduction. J Health Psychol, vol. 14(2), 158-160. link> doi>
  • Murray M. 2009. Citizens at the Centre: Deliberative Participation in Healthcare Decisions. THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 19, 132-U138. link>
  • MURRAY M. 2009. Breast cancer screening recommendations: Is mammography the only answer?. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, vol. 54, 393-400. link> doi>
  • Vanaanen A, MURRAY MP, Koskinen A, Vahtera J, Kouvonen A, Kivimäki M. 2009. Engagement in cultural activities and cause-specific mortality: Prospective cohort study. Preventive Medicine, vol. 49, 142-147. link> doi>
  • MURRAY MP. 2009. Telling stories and making sense of cancer. International Journal of Narrative Practice, vol. 1, 25-36.
  • Murray M and Gray R. 2008. Health psychology and the arts: a conversation. J Health Psychol, vol. 13(2), 147-153. link> doi>
  • Hatchette JE, McGrath PJ, Murray M, Finley GA. 2008. The role of peer communication in the socialization of adolescents' pain experiences: a qualitative investigation. BMC PEDIATRICS, vol. 8, Article ARTN 2. link> doi>
  • Murray M, Hatchette J, McGrath PJ, Finley GA. 2008. Peer influences in adolescents' pain self-management: a qualitative investigation. BMC Pediatrics, vol. 8(2).
  • Murray M. 2007. Special issue: Health psychology and writing. JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 12(4). link>
  • Murray M and Nelson G. 2007. Community health psychology: developing a training program. Community Psychologist, vol. 40, 44-49.
  • Murray M. 2007. Fish harvesters with injuries' accounts of their experiences with the workers' compensation system. Work, vol. 28(1), 47-56. link>
  • Murray M. 2007. 'It's in the blood and you're not going to change it': fish harvesters' narrative accounts of injuries and disability. Work, vol. 28(2), 165-174. link>
  • Murray M. 2007. Narrative psychology: from understanding the world to changing it. Rassegnia di Psicologia (Italian Journal of Psychology), vol. 24(3), 103-117.
  • Murray M. 2007. Promoting communities' health: Challenges and prospects for a community health psychology. Psicologia della Comunita (Italian Journal of Community Psychology), vol. 2, 29-37.
  • MURRAY MP and Tilley, N. 2006. Promoting safety awareness in fishing communities through community arts: An action research project. Safety Science, vol. 44(9), 797-808. doi>
  • Murray M and Kearney AJ. 2006. Evidence against breast self-examination is not conclusive: what policy makers and health professionals need to know. Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 27, 282-292.
  • Murray M and Poland B. 2006. Health psychology and social action. Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 11, 379-384.
  • Murray M, Hatchette J, McGrath PJ, Finley GA. 2006. Maternal influences in adolescents' pain self-management: a qualitative investigation. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, vol. 1, 159-169.
  • Murray M. 2005. Challenges and prospects for a socially activist health psychology. European Health Psychologist, vol. 1, 8-10.
  • Murray M. 2005. Promoting safety awareness in Newfoundland fishing communities. Irish Skipper, vol. September, 12.
  • MURRAY MP, Ferris, L, Nelson, G, Poland, B. 2004. Assumptions and Values of Community Health Psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 9(2), 323-333. doi>
  • MURRAY MP and Campbell, C. 2004. Community Health Psychology: Promoting Analysis and Action for Social Change. Journal of Health Pyschology, vol. 9(2), 187-195. doi>
  • Murray M, Nelson G, Poland B, Maticka-Tyndale E. 2004. Building capacity in community health action research: Towards a praxis framework for graduate training. Action Research, vol. 2, 389-408.
  • Murray M and Campbell C. 2003. Beyond the sidelines: towards a more politically engaged health psychology. Health Psychology Update, vol. 12(3), 12-17.
  • Murray M and Campbell C. 2003. Living in a material world: Reflecting on some assumptions of health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 8, 231-236.
  • MURRAY MP. 2002. Connecting narrative and social representation theory in health research. Social Science Information, vol. 41(4), 653-673. doi>
  • Murray MP. The time has come to talk of many things: Soem comments on Ogden and Friedman. Health Psychology Review.

Chapters

  • Murray M. 2012. Art, social action and social change. In Community psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress. Walker C, Johnson K, Cunningham L (Eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave. link> link>
  • Murray M and Lamont A. 2012. Community music and social/health psychology: Linking theoretical and practical concerns. In Music, health, & wellbeing. MacDonald R, Kretuz G, Mitchell L (Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. link> link>
  • Murray M. 2012. Critical health psychology and the scholar-activist tradition. In Advances in health psychology: Critical approaches. Horrocks C and Johnson S (Eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave. link> link>
  • Murray M. 2012. Social and political health psychology in action. In Health psychology in action. Forshaw M and Sheffield D (Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell. link> link>
  • Murray M and Sargeant S. 2011. Narrative psychology. In Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy. Harper D and Thompson AR (Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell. link>
  • MURRAY M. 2009. Health psychology. In Critical Psychology: An introduction. Fox D, Prilleltensky I, Austen S (Eds.). (Second ed.). London: Sage. link>

Other

  • Bernard M, Rickett M, Amigoni D, Munro L, Murray M, Rezzano J. 2011. AGEING UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: IDENTITY AND LATER LIFE WITHIN THE THEATRE. GERONTOLOGIST (vol. 51, p. 360). link>
  • Murray MBMADMLRMRJ. Ages and Stages: The Place of Theatre in Representations and Recollections of Ageing.
  • MURRAY MP. Older people and community arts.
  • Bernard MADMLMMRJRM. The Place of Theatre in Representations and Recollections of Ageing: preliminary findings from the ’Ages and Stages’ project.

Year 3

PSY-30058 : Psychology, health and social action
PSY-30021 : Individuals and Society III
PSY-300XX : Societal Psychology
PSY-30061 : Dissertation
MSc. Applied Psychological Research

Narrative Health Psychology
I spent some months at Massey University in New Zealand in 1997.  The result of this was the monograph Narrative Health Psychology

Narrative Health Psychology, Murray (1997)

Subsequently I added other articles and produced this collection

Narrative, Health and Illness, Murray (2008)

Canadian Health Psychologist
While I was resident in Canada I edited the Canadian Health Psychologist.  The following is a selection of the issues I edited..

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 1 No 1

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 1 No 2

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 2 No 1

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 2 No 2

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 3 No 1

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 3 No 2

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 4 No 1

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 4 No 2

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 5 No 1

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 5 No 2

Canadian Health Psychologist Vol 6 No 1