Professor Jamie Murphy


School of Psychology

Coleraine campus

Room MB209,
Cromore Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA,

Psychology Research


Professor Jamie Murphy


Jamie is a Professor of Psychology. He completed his PhD in Psychology at Ulster University in 2007 and took up his first lecturing post in The Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, England in the same year. He returned to Ulster University in 2010 and worked as a lecturer for four years. In 2017 he became Reader, and in 2017 he was promoted to Professor.

Research Focus

Jamie's research focuses on a broad array of mental health related issues and entails (i) secondary analysis of administrative and psychiatric epidemiological data, (ii) mental health researcher training and (iii) primary population survey research. Jamie has published extensively on the conceptualisation, measurement, aetiology, and manifestation of psychopathology among both youth and adult populations.

Research Awards

Jamie’s research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Horizon 2020, the Public Health Agency, and the Health and Social Care Board. Since arriving at Ulster University in 2010 he has secured over £13m in research funding.

Discipline & Research Leadership Positions

Jamie is Deputy Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). ADRC NI is a collaboration between research specialists from Ulster University's Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Public Health & School of Management. ADRC NI brings extensive knowledge and experience in developing innovative research for public benefit, analysing complex data sets and independent public engagement.


Jamie is Module Co-ordinator for the Advanced Research Methods module on the MSc in Applied Psychology (Mental Health and Psychological Therapies).

Research Supervision

Jamie has supervised 21 PhD students to completion. Projects have included an array of mental health related topics including: The Psychosis Continuum, The Suicidality Continuum, Trauma, PTSD and Complex PTSD, Modelling the impact of the prenatal maternal social environment on offspring mental health outcomes; Identifying the Factors that Affect Help Seeking for Victim/Survivors of Sexual Violence; The psychosocial vulnerability of newly landed asylum seekers; Secondary traumatisation in mental health professionals working with victims of child abuse.

Current PhD students

Jamie is currently supervising 2 PhD students. Projects include (i) secondary analysis of mental health data collected from Syrian and Iraqi refugee children and adolescents (with Dr Oussama Abdallah), (ii) Childhood socioeconomic position and adolescent mental health: Inter-generational change in three British birth cohorts (with Caitlyn Rawers).

Community Impact

Jamie’s work has involved partnerships and collaboration with a wide array of government, third sector and charitable organisations including: Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI); International Federation of the Red Cross; Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC); Positive Futures (NI Charity Org); Public Health England; Health and Social Care Trusts (NI); Aware Defeat Depression (NI Charity Org); Probation Board of Northern Ireland (PBNI); Spirasi (Asylum, refugee, torture support); Børnehus Hovedstaden (Danish Children’s Homes); COMPASS (Carers Network for learning disabilities); Public Health Agency; Association for real change (ARC; NI Charity Org).