Desiree W. Murray

Desiree W. Murray
Senior Research Scientist
Associate Director of Research
Bypass, Room 307
Campus Box 8180
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180

Desiree W. Murray, PhD, is a prevention scientist and licensed clinical psychologist who researches self-regulation development and evaluates social-emotional interventions for students with disruptive behavior, including ADHD. Her interests include training teachers and mental health professionals in evidence-based interventions and implementation of programs in schools to support students’ self-regulation, including the Incredible Years. Dr. Murray has received funding for her work from the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES), the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and she has published extensively on treatments for ADHD.

In addition to her research, Dr. Murray is a trainer for the Incredible Years Teacher Program. She offers annual workshops for group leaders and consults with local agencies implementing the program.


Prior to joining FPG in 2014, Dr. Murray was Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke Medical Center, where she served as the Associate Director of the Duke ADHD Program for six years. She also worked as a Research Scientist at the Center of Child and Family Policy where she led a team that prepared several reports to inform self-regulation programs and practices for ACF. In addition, she provided clinical services and training, managed several federally funded intervention trials, and implemented manualized psychosocial treatment programs. She continues to collaborate with Duke colleagues on several projects, including the Multi-modal Treatment Study for ADHD.

Academic Affiliation: Research Associate Professor, School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Child Health and Development
Evidence-Based Practices
Social-Emotional and Behavioral Interventions
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Curriculum Vitae:
• PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida