Professor David Murphy

Professor David Murphy

Clinical Programme Director

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)



Professor David Murphy FBPsS FRSA undertook his first degree in Psychology & Zoology at the University of Reading and his postgraduate clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He has worked as a clinically in the National Health Service for over 35 years, mainly helping patients and their families to cope with serious injury and chronic medical conditions. Over the course of his career he has worked across a wide range of clinical specialities, including spinal cord injury, diabetes, cardiology, major trauma, chronic pain, neurology, and neurosurgery.

In 2001, he was seconded as a project manager at the newly established Commission for Health Improvement (which is now CQC) to work on the development of the first national programme of clinical governance reviews and was part of the review team for 15 NHS Trusts. This experience contributed to David's interest in organizational dynamics and clinical leadership, which he has developed through an Executive MBA at City of London University Business School and a PhD in Leadership Development at the Centre for Strategic Leadership at University of Edinburgh.

From 2002-13, David was the Head of Psychology Services at Imperial College Healthcare in London where he was responsible for clinical health psychology and neuropsychology services across five acute hospital and community rehabilitation services across four London Boroughs. During this time, he was also an Honorary Senior Lecturer and the lead for psychology teaching at Imperial College Medical School.

In 2013, David became Joint Director of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. In addition to overall responsibility for doctoral training programme in Clinical Psychology, he was responsible for developing and evaluationg a leadership development programme for clinical trainees.

David has undertaken many national professional roles including as Director of Professional Standards for the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology, Chief Examiner for the BPS Qualificaiton in Clinical Neuropsychology, Chair of the BPS Professional Practice Board, Chair of the Clinical Psychology Clearing House and advisor to the Health & Care Professions Council on development of Standards of Profiency in Clinical Psychology. He has served as a member of the Department of Health Ministerial Advisory Group on Mental Health and been co-chair of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

He is committed to international development of psychological practice and has undertaken consultancy and project work in many countries around the world including Japan, Senegal, and Sri Lanka.

David was elected as the 2019-2020 President of the British Psychological Society and in 2019 established a presidential taskforce on diversity & inclusion. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he led the BPS Covid-19 taskforce which coordinated the Society's contribution to managing the pandemic across eight workstreams. He personally co-led the workstreams on staff wellbeing and post-covid recovery and served as Mental Health lead for the development of the NHS Your Covid Recovery Programme.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Kim HS, Yoon S, Son G, Hong E, Clinton A, Grus CL, Murphy D, Siegel AM, Karayianni E & Ezenwa MO (2022) 'Regulations governing psychologists: An international survey' Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 53, (6) 541-552 , DOI Open access
Murphy D (2022) 'Invited discussant comments during the UCL–Penn Global COVID Study webinar ‘Reflections, Resilience, and Recovery: A qualitative study of Covid-19’s impact on an international adult population’s mental health and priorities for support’: part 3 of 3' UCL Open Environment 4, , DOI Open access
Murphy D (2020) 'What Improv, Ubuntu, and Covid-19 have taught me about Leadership' The Psychologist 33, 30-34
Murphy D (2020) 'David Murphy, Chair of the Covid-19' PSYCHOLOGIST 33, 3-3
Kandola B & Murphy D (2020) 'We don't just need warm words, we need actions' PSYCHOLOGIST 33, 28-31
Raczka R & Murphy D (2019) ''I feel I can make a positive contribution at what is a critical time'' PSYCHOLOGIST 32, 31-33
Tyrer P, Salkovskis P, Tyrer H, Wang D, Crawford MJ, Dupont S, Cooper S, Green J, Murphy D & Smith G (2017) 'Cognitive–behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients (CHAMP): a randomised controlled trial with outcomes to 5 years' Health Technology Assessment 21, (50) 1-58 , DOI
Duff J & Murphy D (2017) 'Professor Paul Kennedy (1959-2016)' PSYCHOLOGIST 30, 8-8
Tyrer H, Tyrer P, Lisseman-Stones Y, McAllister S, Cooper S, Salkovskis P, Crawford MJ, Dupont S, Green J & Murphy D (2014) 'Therapist differences in a randomised trial of the outcome of cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients' International Journal of Nursing Studies 52, (3) 686-694 , DOI
Tyrer P, Salkovskis P, Tyrer H, Dupont S & Murphy D (2014) 'Cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety' The Lancet 383, (9925) 1295-1296 , DOI
Murray KA, Murphy DJ, Clements S-J, Brown A & Connolly SB (2013) 'Comparison of uptake and predictors of adherence in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in a community-based cardiovascular prevention programme (MyAction Westminster)' Journal of Public Health 36, (4) 644-650 , DOI
Tyrer P, Cooper S, Salkovskis P, Tyrer H, Crawford M, Byford S, Dupont S, Finnis S, Green J & McLaren E (2013) 'Clinical and cost-effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients: a multicentre randomised controlled trial' The Lancet 383, (9913) 219-225 , DOI
Tyrer P, Cooper S, Crawford M, Dupont S, Green J, Murphy D, Salkovskis P, Smith G, Wang D & Bhogal S (2011) 'Prevalence of health anxiety problems in medical clinics' Journal of Psychosomatic Research 71, (6) 392-394 , DOI
Tyrer P, Cooper S, Tyrer H, Salkovskis P, Crawford M, Green J, Smith G, Reid S, Dupont S & Murphy D (2011) 'CHAMP: Cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients, a randomised controlled trial' BMC Psychiatry 11, (1) , DOI
Murphy D (2008) 'As good as it gets?' PSYCHOLOGIST 21, (4) 345-345
Murphy D, Lindsay S & De C Williams AC (1997) 'Chronic low back pain: Predictions of pain and relationship to anxiety and avoidance' Behaviour Research and Therapy 35, (3) 231-238 , DOI
Golding L & Moss J (2019) How to Become a Clinical Psychologist. Routledge
Woods SA & Kandola B (2019) How to Become an Occupational Psychologist. Routledge
Swinson J & Stringer P (2018) How to become an educational psychologist. Routledge
Kasket E (2017) How to Become a Counselling Psychologist. Taylor & Francis
Eubank M & Tod D (2017) How to Become a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Routledge
Llewelyn SP & Murphy DJ (2014) What is Clinical Psychology?. Oxford University Press, USA
Conference Papers
Murphy D (2016) 'The development of the Clinical Psychology profession in the United Kingdom - identifying opportunities and responding to challenges' David Murphy 7-/-0/20167-/-0/2016Wiley 82-82