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Deirdra Murphy

Dierdra Murphy
Deirdra A. MurphyAssociate Dean, Associate Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentPhysical Therapy
  • Phone(978) 934-4533
  • EmailDeirdra_Murphy@uml.edu

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.

Education

  • Ph D: Physical Therapy, (2004), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
  • MA: Health Administration, (2001), Suffolk University - Boston, MA
  • MS: Physical Therapy, (2000), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
  • BS, (1981), Northeastern University - Boston, MA

Awards and Honors

  • NVivo 9 Fellowship Appointment (2011), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA
  • Carter Academic-#8208;Service Entrepreneur Award (2009), Service, Professional - UMass Lowell
  • Teaching Award (2009), Teaching - UMass, Lowell
  • Teaching Award (2006), Teaching - Department of Physical Therapy, UMass, Lowell
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award (1999), Leadership - UMass, Lowell MA

Publications

  • Schneider, K., Guggina, P., Murphy, D.A., Ferrara, C., Panza, E., Oleski, J., Bozzella, B., Gada, K., Savage, C., Lemon, S. (2015) "Barriers and facilitators to dog walking in New England," Comparative Exercise Physiology 11:1 pp. 55-63
  • Ferrara, C., Ackerson, L.K., Murphy, D.A. (2015) "Attitudes of a Multiethnic Group of Immigrants towards Online Social Networking and Physical Activity: Results from Focus Group Discussions," Californian Journal of Health Promotion 13:2 pp. 61
  • SCHNEIDER, K.L., Murphy, D.A., Ferrara, C., OLESKI, J., PANZA, E., SAVAGE, C., GADA, K., BOZZELLA, B., OLENDZKI, E., KERN, D., LEMON, S.C. (2015) "An Online Social Network to Increase Walking in Dog Owners: A Randomized Trial," Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 47:3 pp. 631
  • Ferrara, C., Savage, C., Oleski, J., Murphy, D.A., Lemon, S., Schneider, K., Panza, E., Bozzella, B., Gada, K. (2014) "Neighborhood environment and walking in dog owners," Medicine and science in sports and exercise 5
  • Schneider, K.L., Murphy, D.A., Ferrara, C., Oleski, J., Panza, E., Savage, C., Gada, K., Bozzella, B., Olendzki, E., Kern, D., Lemon, S.C. (2014) "An Online Social Network to Increase Walking in Dog Owners: A Randomized Trial," Medicine and science in sports and exercise
  • M., C.F., Murphy, D.A. (2013) "Motivational Signs, Artwork, and Stair Use in a University Building," Californian Journal of Health Promotion 11:1 pp. 76-83
  • M., C.F., Murphy, D.A. (2013) "Motivational Signs, Artwork, and Stair Use in a University Building," Californian Journal of Health Promotion 11:1 pp. 76-83
  • Hillier, A.J., Murphy, D.A., Ferrara, C. (2011) "A Pilot Study: Short-term Reduction in Salivary Cortisol Following Low Level Physical Exercise and Relaxation among Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum," Stress & Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress 27:5 pp. 395-402
  • Hillier, A.J., Murphy, D.A., Ferrara, C. (2011) "A Pilot Study: Short-term Reduction in Salivary Cortisol Following Low Level Physical Exercise and Relaxation among Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum," Stress & Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress 27:5 pp. 395-402
  • Murphy, D.A., Kahn-Dangelo, L., Gleason, J. (2008) "The effect of hippotherapy on functional outcomes for children with disabilities: A pilot study," Pediatric Physical Therapy 20:3 pp. 264-270
  • Murphy, D.A., Kahn-D’Angelo, L., Gleason, J. (2008) "The effect of hippotherapy on functional outcomes for children with disabilities: a pilot study," Pediatric Physical Therapy 20:3 pp. 264-270
  • DiNapoli, P.P., Murphy, D.A. (2002) "The marginalization of chronically ill adolescents," The Nursing clinics of North America 37:3 pp. 565-572
  • Lynch, E.W., Lewis, R.B., Murphy, D.A. (1993) "Educational services for children with chronic illnesses: perspectives of educators and families.," Exceptional children 59:3 pp. 210-220
  • Stephenson, J.S., Murphy, D.A. (1986) "Existential grief: The special case of the chronically ill and disabled," Death studies 10:2 pp. 135-145

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Contributor: US Turkey Collaborative Effort in Advancing Assistive Technology-based Education via State of the Art Research (2013), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Murphy, D.A.
  • A Community-based Social Networking Intervention to Increase Walking in Dog Owner (2012), Contract - NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
    Murphy, D.A. (Co-Principal)
  • PI: Pilot Project Program,"A Community based social networking intervention to increase walking in dog owners (2011), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell/NIH
    Murphy, D.A.
  • A Community-based Social Networking Intervention to Increase Walking in Dog Owner (2011), Contract - NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
    Murphy, D.A. (Co-Principal)
  • Co-PI: Learn and Serve with the Lowell Senior Center (2010), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-PI: Universal Design in the Promotion of Health: Using Technology in Course Development (2010), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-PI: Universal Design in the Promotion of Health: Using Technology in Course Development (2010), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Contributor: US Turkey Collaborative Effort in Advancing Assistive Technology based Education via State of the Art Research (2010), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Murphy, D.A.
  • PI: Learn and Serve with the Arc of East Middlesex. (2010), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-PI: Fit and Fun: A physical activity and relaxation for community dwelling and underserved youth on the autism spectrum. (2009), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-investigator: Strategies for Success in the Freshman Year: Improving Academic Performance and Student Retention in the Exercise Physiology Program. (2009), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-investigator: Village Empowerment Course Proposal (2009), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-PI: Healthy Campus, Healthy Communities (2009), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Consultant: Action for Community Centered Elder Nutrition Training(ACCENT) (2008), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Consultant: Pediatric Create Your Weight Program (2008), Grant - American Heart Association
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-Investigator: International Service Learning Project in the Colleges of Health and Engineering. (2007), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-PI: Model for Campus Partnerships forBetter Health. (2007), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • Co-PI: Interdisciplinary community based fitness program integrated in an EP capstone course. (2007), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • PI: March into May (2007), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • PI: Perceptions of Adolescent Overweight and Obesity in the Community. (2005), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • PI: ntroduction to Youth to Careers in Physical Therapy: A Strategy for Recruitment of Professionals from Underrepresented Cultural Backgrounds (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.
  • PI: Functional Outcomes in Children with Disabilities (1998), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Murphy, D.A.