David Murphy

Supernumerary Fellow

David Murphy is the Joint Director of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training.

He studied Psychology & Zoology at the University of Reading and undertook postgraduate Clinical Psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He went on to work clinically in the fields of Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology in acute hospital settings and had the opportunity to work with a range of client groups including diabetes, chronic pain, cardiac rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke and degenerative neurological conditions. In 2001, he was seconded to the Commission for Health Improvement (now CQC) for a year to work as a project manager developing the clinical governance review process and conducting reviews in acute hospitals and mental health trusts.

From 2002-2013, he was Head of Psychology Services within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London where he managed and developed psychology services for medical inpatients and outpatients across five acute hospitals and community physical rehabilitation teams across four London Boroughs. From 2003-2005 he undertook an Executive MBA at the Cass Business School in London.

He has a longstanding passion for teaching and training; he taught psychology to medical students for over 18 years at Imperial College London and taught the Psychology module on the undergraduate dentistry programme at Barts & The Royal London for over 20 years. Before coming to Oxford he taught regularly on clinical psychology training programmes in London and clinically supervised numerous trainees from the four London courses and also a number of overseas trainees.

He has undertaken numerous roles within the British Psychological Society including as Chair of the Professional Practice Board and Trustee and represented the profession on many national and international committees and working groups.  He has also undertaken a range of different research programmes in psychological aspects of physical health and healthcare and developing new research in the field of clinical leadership and professional training.

Selected publications

Llewellyn, S. & Murphy, D. (2014) What is Clinical Psychology? – 5th Edition. Oxford University Press.

Tyrer H, Tyrer P, Lisseman-Stones Y, McAllister S, Cooper S, Salkovskis P, Crawford MJ, Dupont S, Green J, Murphy D, Wang D (2015) Therapist differences in a randomised trial of the outcome of cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients. Int J Nurs Stud. 52 (3):686-94.

Tyrer P, Cooper S, Salkovskis P, Tyrer H, Crawford M, Byford S, Dupont S, Finnis S, Green J, McLaren E, Murphy D, Reid S, Smith G, Wang D, Warwick H, Petkova H, Barrett B. (2014) Clinical and cost-effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients: a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 383 (9913), 219-25.


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