Desiree Murray, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Dr. Murray is a clinical psychologist and prevention scientist whose research focuses on promoting positive youth development, particularly for those living in adversity, by creating more supportive home, school, and community environments. A key focus of her work is building the capacity of educators to provide co-regulation supports to adolescents through consistent relationships, a supportive school climate, and intentional teacher-student interactions. In addition, she is interested in understanding how student and teacher stress contribute to emotion dysregulation, using novel approaches including ecological momentary assessment. Current research projects include implementing a mindfulness-based self-regulation program to promote healthy relationship skills and evaluating a trauma-informed professional development program for Head Start teachers.