Prof. Michael Murray

Title: Professor of Social and Health Psychology
Phone: Tel: +44 (0)1782 733363
Fax: +44 (0)1782 733387
Email: m.murray@keele.ac.uk
Location: Dorothy Hodgkin Building 1.28
Role: Head of School
Contacting me: On research leave
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 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, Switzerland and South Africa.  The next one will be held in Worcester, UK in 2017.

I have received various awards including Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS) and of the Canadian Psychological Association. (FCPA)

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.

Current Research

I am currently working on several large research projects including:

  • PlaceAge: Place-making with older adults: Towards age-friendly communities
    This project is funded by ESRC-Newton Fund. It is a partnership project led by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, and Federal University of Pelotas, in Pelotas, Brazil. This research recognizes that simply changing the built form is not sufficient to create a more inclusive environment for ageing since places are more than physical spaces. Viable environments are articulated through a strong sense of place, defined as the social, psychological and emotional bonds that people have with their environment.
  • History: Critical history of health psychology
    This is a series of interlinked projects exploring the history of health psychology in the UK and elsewhere. 

Previous large projects include:

  • 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.

  • Mental Vulnerability:
    This multi-disciplinary study is funded by the Finnish Academy. Its aim is to chart the development of 'mental vulnerability' in work life and Finnish society from 1960 to 2013. We will analyse what has happened in work life, culture, different disciplines, and in the lives of individuals when for the mental vulnerability of the working aged to become a political, social, economic, and organizational concern and a central form of human suffering.

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.

Also at Google Scholar and Research Gate

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

  • Murray M and Chamberlain K. 2015. New Directions in Health Psychology. Sage Publications Limited.
  • 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

  • Taylor J, Murray M, Lamont A. 2017. Talking about sunbed tanning: Social representations and identity-work. Soc Sci Med, vol. 184, 161-168. link> doi>
  • Murray M. 2017. The pre-history of health psychology in the United Kingdom: From natural science and psychoanalysis to social science, social cognition and beyond. J Health Psychol, 1359105317705879. link> doi>
  • Hale R, Fox CL, Murray MP. 2017. “As a parent, you become a tiger”: Parents talking about bullying at school. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi> link>
  • Murray MP, Holland C, Peel E. 2017. Psychologies of Ageing: Research, policy and practice. Working with Older People, vol. 21(1), 1-3. doi> link>
  • Bernard M, Rickett M, Amigoni D, Munro L, Murray M, Rezzano J. 2015. Ages and Stages: the place of theatre in the lives of older people. AGEING & SOCIETY, vol. 35(6), 1119-1145. link> doi>
  • Murray M and Ziegler F. 2015. The narrative psychology of community health workers. J Health Psychol, vol. 20(3), 338-349. link> doi>
  • Vaananen A, Murray M, Kuokkanen A. 2014. The growth and the stagnation of work stress: Publication trends and scientific representations 1960-2011. HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES, vol. 27(4), 116-138. link> doi>
  • Murray MP. 2014. Social history of health psychology: context and textbooks. Health Psychology Review. doi>
  • Murray MP. 2013. The time has come to talk of many things: Some comments on Ogden and Friedman. Health Psychology Review. 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. doi>
  • 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. doi>
  • 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. doi>
  • 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. doi>
  • MURRAY MP. 2002. Connecting narrative and social representation theory in health research. Social Science Information, vol. 41(4), 653-673. doi>
  • Hale R, Fox CL, Murray M. 2017. "As a Parent You Become a Tiger": Parents Talking about Bullying at School. J Child Fam Stud, vol. 26(7), 2000-2015. link> doi>
  • Wright Bevans K, Murray M, Lamont A. FORTHCOMING: ‘Breaking down barriers and bridging the gap’. Facilitators make sense of intergenerational practice. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
  • Wright Bevans K, Murray M, Lamont A. FORTHCOMING: Promoting wellbeing, social inclusion and community cohesion through an intergenerational community initiative. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
  • Wright Bevans K, Lamont A, Murray M, Hale R. FORTHCOMING: Singing in later life: the anatomy of a community choir. Psychology of Music.
  • Wright Bevans K, Murray M, Lamont A. FORTHCOMING: Tensions in the construction of intergenerational practice. Social Science and Medicine.
  • Sools AM, Murray M, Westerhof GJ. 2015. Narrative health psychology: once more unto the breach. Introduction. J Health Psychol, vol. 20(3), 239-245. link> doi>
  • Lamont A, Murray MP, Hale R, Wright-Bevans K. Singing in later life: the anatomy of a community choir. Psychology of Music. doi>

Chapters

  • Murray M and Wright Bevans. 2017. Methods for Community Research, Action and Change. In Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology. Brooks J and King N (Eds.). Palgrave.
  • Murray MP and Chamberlain K. 2015. Health psychology: Developments and transitions. In New directions in health psychology. Murray M and Chamberlain K (Eds.). (76 vols.). London: Sage.
  • Murray MP and Chamberlain K. 2015. Health psychology: Developments and transitions. In New directions in health psychology. Murray M and Chamberlain K (Eds.). (76 vols.). London: Sage.
  • Murray MP. 2015. Introducing critical health psychology. In Critical Health Psychology. Murray M (Ed.). (17 vols.). London: Palgrave.
  • Murray MP. 2015. Narrative psychology. In Qualitative Psychology. A practical guide to research methods. Snith J (Ed.). (12 vols.). London: Sage.
  • Murray MP and Sools A. 2015. Promoting health through narrative practice. In Critical Health Psychology. Murray M (Ed.). (16 vols.). London: Palgrave.
  • Amigoni D, Murray M, Bernard M, Crummett A, Goulding A, Munro L, Newman A, Rezzano J, Rickett M, Tew P, Warren L. 2014. Understanding and transforming ageing through the arts. In The New Science of Ageing. Policy Press.
  • Murray MP. 2014. Implementation: Putting analyses into practice. In The Sage handbook of qualitative data analysis. Flick U (Ed.). (40 vols.). London: Sage.
  • Murray MP and Sools A. 2014. Narrative research. In Qualitative research in clinical and health psychology (pp. 133-154). London: Palgrave. Rohleder P and Lyons A (Eds.). (17 vols.). London: Palgrave.
  • Murray MP, Vera-Sanso P, Barrientos A, Damodaran L, Gilhooly C, Means R. 2014. Social participation and connectivity. In The new science of ageing. Walker A (Ed.). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • 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>
  • Murray MP. Analyse narrative. In Manuel pratique de méthodes qualitatives en psychologie et sciences humaines. Dunod.
  • Murray MP and Crummett A. Combating social exclusion through community arts. In The new dynamics of ageing. Policy Press.
  • Chamberlain K and Murray MP. Doing qualitative research in health psychology. In SAGE Handbook of qualitative research in psychology. Second edition. Sage.
  • Murray MP. Narrative data. In SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection. Sage Publications.
  • Murray MP. Narrative social psychology. In Palgrave handbook of Critical Social Psychology. Palgrave.

Other

  • Woolrych R, Smith H, Fisher J, Lawthom R, Sixsmith J, Murray M, Garcia-Ferrari S. 2016. Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: Exploring Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities. GERONTOLOGIST (vol. 56). link>
  • 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.
  • Jervis J, Read S, Murray M. 2016. Methodological Reflections: Conducting Action Research in Contemporary Healthcare Practice. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS (vol. 15). link>
  • MURRAY MP. Older people and community arts.
  • Jervis JE, Read SC, Murray MP. Respecting the Voices of Children and Young People in Participatory Action Research.
  • Jervis J, Read S, Murray M. 2016. Respecting the Voices of Children in Healthcare Research. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS (vol. 15). link>
  • Jervis JE, read SC, murray MP. Snakes and Ladders: Conducting Action Research in Contemporary Healthcare Practice.
  • 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

This monograph was subsequently augmented with a series of articles and retitled Narratives, Health and Illness.

Community Health Psychology

In Canada I convened a working party on this topic.  We produced the following report along with a series of journal articles.

Training in Community Health Psychology

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..

Vol 1-No 1Vol 1-No 2Vol 2-No 1Vol 2-No 2

Vol 3-No 1Vol 3-No 2Vol 4-No 1Vol 4-No 2

Vol 5-No 1Vol 5-No 2Vol 6-No 1

 

Ageing Research

For several years I led a participatory project researching social interaction among older people in disadvanatged communities in a Northern English city. Further details are available here

Accidents and Injuries

I also conducted a series of research projects concerning accidents in the fishing industry.  The reports of these projects can be found here.

Social and Political Health Psychology
This is a video of a keynote presentation I gave to 7éme Congrès de Psychologie de la Santé de langue Française at Université Lille3.