College of Nursing
Clinical Practice and Academic Preparation:
Dr. Murphey as spend most of her career in academic nursing, both as a faculty member and administrator. After receiving her baccalaureate degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she practiced as a certified high-risk obstetric nurse, and as a hospital system-based educator, and school nurse. She obtained a Master of Nursing (MSN) in Administration and Health Care Systems and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Murphey earned a minor in Molecular Genetics in Research, Health, and Society from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She is a NIH/NINR Fellow, Summer Genetics Institute.
Teaching and Nursing Education:
Throughout her years of teaching, Dr. Murphey has taught across undergraduate and graduate curriculum, revised and developed face -to-face (F2F), hybrid and online undergraduate and graduate courses, served on undergraduate and graduate curriculum committees, participated in and directed undergraduate and graduate curriculum revisions, and led whole programmatic and curricular changes. She has advised and precepted numerous undergraduate and graduate students. Her teaching areas include obstetric high-risk nursing, maternal health promotion, genetics and genomics, nursing research, cultural diversity and health policy, nursing and healthcare administration.
Leadership, Management, and Administration:
Dr. Murphey has served academic nursing through various roles of Department Head, Department Chair and Program Director. She previously owned a legal nursing consulting business where she engaged clients in the analysis and evaluation of facts and testimony and the rendering of informed opinions related to the delivery of nursing and other healthcare services and outcomes, and the nature and cause of injuries related to obstetric nursing. She also spent several years working as a hospital system-based educator and manager.
Research and Scholarship:
Dr. Murphey has worked in a variety of research roles in the areas of nutrition and pregnancy among low-income and adolescent women, and biomarkers for preterm labor among Hispanic women. Her research and scholarship foci are maternal health promotion and currently focuses on reducing stress, anxiety, depression and improving sleep quality in first time new mothers. She is currently serves as Co-I on an interdisciplinary research project aimed at the development of an educational intervention for Hispanic women considering prenatal genetic testing.
Dr. Murphey loves spending time outdoors with her husband and golden retrievers, working in the garden and playing golf.