Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Cara Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the Brown University School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2015) from the University of Georgia. She completed a clinical psychology residency at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 postdoctoral research fellowship focused on Substance Abuse Intervention Outcome Research at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS).

Dr. Murphy was awarded a K23 career development award from NIDA to develop and pilot a multiple health behavior change intervention. This intervention aims to help individuals with obesity who smoke cigarettes make changes in diet, physical activity, and smoking. 

Dr. Murphy is interested in conducting rigorous research that can offer new insights to understand and address modifiable risks to health such as the use of tobacco and other addictive substances. She seeks to develop and evaluate novel behavioral interventions focused on substance use, obesity, physical activity, and dietary behavior.

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