Deirdra Murphy

Deirdra Murphy, College of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy, Center for Health Promotion & Research

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Success, Associate Professor
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Research Interest

Research Interests: Exercise interventions for individuals with disabilities, physical fitness and obesity in community settings, and service learning as a teaching pedagogy in physical therapy.

Teaching Responsibilities: Entry-Level Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program; Physical Therapy Interventions I, Health Care Issues, Business Skills, Service Learning.  Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Program; Independent study in Exercise Physiology.

Educational Background

BS in Physical Therapy Northeastern University, 1981
MS Advanced Practice Option in Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2001
MHA, Suffolk University, 2002
DPT, University of Massachusetts Lowell, June 2004


Dr. Murphy has held the position of Assistant Professor since September 2004.  She had previously been affiliated with the physical therapy program since 1996 as Adjunct Faculty and most recently in 2001 as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. 

Dr. Murphy received her undergraduate degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University. She completed an advanced master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2000.  In addition, she received a Master in Health Administration from Suffolk University in 2001.  In 2004, she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts. Dr Murphy  was a 2000 – 2001 recipient of the Leadership in Education of Neurodevelopment Disabilities Fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, funded by Maternal and Child Health.  She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer and teaches throughout the New England area credentialing clinical instructors.  Deirdra’s clinical work has focused on children in the school setting.

Dr. Murphy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, pediatrics, health policy and education sections. She has served as a member of the Therapeutic Riding Research Committee.  She is currently active in the community as a board member for the On-line Developmental Disabilities Nursing Journal and the Lowell Area Citizen Advisory Board for the Department of Mental Retardation.

Research Interests and Collaborations