Dr Clara Murray

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology & Course Coordinator Master of Professional Psychology - Faculty of Medicine and Health; School of Psychology

Clara Murray

Phone: +61 2 6773 1793

Email: cmurra30@une.edu.au

Biography

Clara is a clinical psychologist specialising in clinical neuropsychology.

Since qualifying in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2009, Clara worked in community neuro-rehabilitation, both within the National Health Service and as an independent practitioner, providing psychological interventions to people living with acquired brain injury.  Prior to joining the University of New England, she lectured in psychology at masters and undergraduate level at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Qualifications

BA(Hons.) University College Dublin, MSc Oxford Brookes University, DClinPsy University of Oxford, PgDip University of Glasgow.

Teaching Areas

PSYC503 Adult Psychological Disorders

PSYC505 Clinical Psychological Assessment

PSYC525 Health Psychology, Rehabilitation, Older Adults

Research Interests

Clara’s clinical and research interests relate to psycho-social outcomes of neuropsychological rehabilitation. In particular, Clara is interested in adapting and evaluating therapy approaches which enhance adjustment, self-management and relationship outcomes following acquired brain injury. Clara’s research program includes evaluations of the use of compassion focused therapy, emotionally-focused couple therapy and systemic and narrative therapy approaches for people with acquired brain injury.  Clara is also part of a research group exploring adult attachment and associated implications for individual and couple therapy.

Research Supervision Experience

    Clara has previously supervised research students at Masters and PhD level to completion at the University of Oxford and Anglia Ruskin University.  Clara currently supervises students on the 4th year Honours program and Clinical Psychology Program.  Her research supervision areas include:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • Adjustment to disability
  • Adult Attachment
  • Compassion Focused Therapy and mindfulness

Publications

Recent publications

Hu, M. T. T., Szewczyk-Krolikowski, K., Tomlinson, P., Nithi, K., Rolinski, M., Murray, C., Talbot, K., Ebmeier, K. P., Mackay, C. Y. & Ben-Shlomo, Y. (2014). Predictors of cognitive impairment in an early stage Parkinson's disease cohort. Movement Disorders, 29(3), 351-359.

Yeates, G., Edwards, A., Murray, C., Zapiain Creamer, N. & Mahadvan, M. (2013). The Use of emotionally-focussed couples therapy for survivors of acquired brain injury with social cognition and executive functioning impairments, and their partners: a case series analysis. Neuro-disability and psychotherapy, 1(2), 151-197.

Conference Presentations

Yeates, G., Edwards, A., Murray, C., Zapiain Creamer, N. & Mahadvan, M. Couple relationships as loci for disconnection and opportunities for reconnection following neurological crisis: A workshop on the practice of emotionally-focused couples therapy following acquired brain injury. 8th European Family Therapy Association Congress, Istanbul. October, 2013.

Murray, C. & Yeates, G. Meta-cognition and brain injury: In the head or the conversation. World Federation for Neuro-rehabilitation, 7th Satelite Symposium for Neuro-Rehabilitation, Krakow. July, 2010.

Clinical Skills and Experience

Clara is an experienced clinical psychologist specialising in community neurorehabilitation and adjustment to long-term neurodisability.  She trained as both a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist in the UK.  Clara integrates her expertise in neuropsychological assessment with psychological formulation, in order to assist clients to understand and adjust to changes in functional abilities associated with neurological conditions. Clara has trained in a range of psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.

Memberships

Registered Psychologist with Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology – Psychology Board of Australia (2017 – Present)

Chartered Psychologist – British Psychological Society (2015 – Present)

Clinical Psychologist – Health & Care Professions Council, UK (2009 – Present)