Hello, and welcome to my website! I am Dr. Michael Murphy, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University. Here you will find information about the scientific work I conduct in the field of Health Psychology.
My research lies at the intersection of health, personality, social, and clinical psychology, and draws heavily on the biological sciences, especially immunology and microbiology. My work is motivated by the concept that humans are fundamentally social beings, and our connections with others can both provide opportunities for support and nurturance as well as be potent sources of stress and pain. Broadly speaking, I study the psychological and biological mechanisms through which our interpersonal relationships affect our health, with a focus on the role of psychological stress-related processes. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of the immune system as a mediator linking interpersonal stress to health. Details regarding my training background can be found on the About page. Information about scholarly articles I have published is available on the Publications page. To get in touch, go to the Contact Information page.