Dr. Laura Murray [Senior Scientist]

Dr. Laura Murray

Dr. Laura Murray is a Senior Scientist at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health in the Department of Mental Health and International Health; a clinical psychologist by training. She is a co-founder of the Applied Mental Health Research group, which has developed and refined a Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (DIME) methodology for use with mental and behavioral health initiatives in low-resource countries. Dr. Murray has extensive expertise in a wide range of evidence-based treatments for mental and behavioral problems. She has conducted research ranging from qualitatively understanding mental health, to full randomized trials of treatments focusing on low and middle income countries globally such as Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Ukraine, Iraq, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and many others. Much of her work has included topics of violence, child abuse, trauma, depression, sex trafficking, substance use, externalizing problems (e.g., risk behaviors), and relationship issues. Dr. Murray is co-developer of the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA; www.cetaglobal.org) – a modular, flexible multi-problem transdiagnostic approach built to address implementation and sustainability barriers. CETA has been evaluated in 3 large randomized clinical trials and one open trial showing effectiveness on depression, trauma, violence, anxiety, substance misuse, relationship problems, aggression, and safety in high-risk situations. Dr. Murray publishes extensively on global mental health in top journals, trains globally, regularly speaks at conferences and organizations, and consults with organizations to improve functioning through skills training on stress, resiliency and leadership.