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Headshot of Desiree Murray

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.

Dr. Murray leads the interdisciplinary research group, called the UPSIDE Team. Their 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.