Dr Anthony Murphy CPsychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA

Dr Anthony Murphy

School of Psychology
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Anthony has a background in forensic and clinical forensic psychology and has published several research papers in areas of policing and investigation of violent crimes against the person and clinical management in psychiatric care.

He is an enthusiastic researcher, educator, and psychologist working with national and international collaborators on victim and service-user focused research. He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • PhD in Psychology 2015
  • PGCert Higher Education, Teaching and Learning 2014
  • PGCert Research Methods and Statistics 2011
  • MSc Forensic Psychology 2009
  • BSc Psychology 2007


Dr Murphy developed an interest in forensic psychology during his undergraduate studies at Middlesex University, and after completing an MSc in forensic psychology, he began working in medium and high secure forensic care with high risk violent psychiatric offenders in the United Kingdom. Anthony was offered a PhD scholarship with Middlesex University after developing a study to examine the experiences of parents who gain a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Following which, he went on to teach at the University of West London and King’s College London. Eventually moving to Middlesex University, Dubai where he grew his research and continued to teach across the undergraduate programme.

Dr Murphy moved to the University of Birmingham in September 2020 where he aims to contribute to a flourishing research culture and world class education.

His recent research aims to use the tools of psychology to improve policing, investigation, and outcomes for victims, specifically in relation to crimes against the person, focusing on rape, violence, and domestic abuse.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Policing
  • Forensic mental health
  • Service-user experience
  • Victims of crime


  • Experiences of victims of crime
  • Violence
  • Policing and investigation
  • Mental illness and offending
  • Psychiatric care outcomes
  • Personality disorder


Recent publications


Long, T, Murphy, A, Elbarazi, I, Ismail-Allouche, Z, Horen, N, Masuadi, E, Trevithick, C & Arafat, C 2024, 'Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their cumulative impact associated lifetime health outcomes in the Emirate of Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates', Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 151, 106734. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2024.106734

Webster, CA, Mîndrila, D, Murphy, AD, Banićević, I, Perić, D, Stankić, D & Banićević, Ž 2024, 'Student profiles of physical activity, screen time, sleep quality and dietary habits and their association with mental health and school satisfaction: An exploratory study', Psychology in the Schools. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.23127

Widanaralalage, BK, Murphy, AD & Loughlin, C 2024, 'Support or justice: a triangulated multi-focal view of sexual assault victim support in a UK sexual assault referral centre (SARC)', International Journal of Mental Health Systems, vol. 18, no. 1, 15 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-024-00631-z

Widanaralalage, BK, Hine, BA, Murphy, AD & Murji, K 2023, 'A qualitative investigation of service providers' experiences supporting raped and sexually abused men', Violence and victims. https://doi.org/10.1891/VV-2022-0084

Conroy, E, Willmott, D, Murphy, A & Widanaralalage, BK 2023, 'Does perpetrator gender influence attitudes towards intimate partner violence (IPV)? Examining the relationship between male-perpetrated and female-perpetrated IPV attitudes among a sample of UK young adults', Mental Health and Social Inclusion. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-05-2023-0057

Stewart, S, Willmott, D, Murphy, A & Phillips, C 2023, '“I thought I’m better off just trying to put this behind me” – a contemporary approach to understanding why women decide not to report sexual violence', The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2023.2292103

Murphy, A, Hine, B, Yesberg, JA, Wunsch, D & Charleton, B 2022, 'Lessons from London: a contemporary examination of the factors affecting attrition among rape complaints', Psychology, Crime and Law, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 82-114. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2021.1880584

Widanaralalage, BK, Hine, BA, Murphy, AD & Murji, K 2022, '“I didn’t feel i was a victim”: a phenomenological analysis of the experiences of male-on-male survivors of rape and sexual abuse', Victims Offenders, pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2022.2069898

Hine, B, Murphy, A & Churchyard, J 2021, 'Development and validation of the Male Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (MRMAS)', Heliyon, vol. 7, no. 6, e07421. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07421

Hine, BA, Murphy, AD, Yesberg, JA, Wunsch, D, Charleton, B & Widanaralalage Don, BKS 2020, 'Mapping the landscape of male-on-male rape in London: an analysis of cases involving male victims reported between 2005 and 2012', Police Practice and Research, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 109-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2020.1843458

Hine, B & Murphy, A 2019, 'The influence of ‘High’ vs. ‘Low’ rape myth acceptance on police officers’ judgements of victim and perpetrator responsibility, and rape authenticity', Journal of Criminal Justice, vol. 60, pp. 100-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2018.08.001

Clark, LL, Lekkai, F, Murphy, A, Perrino, L, Bapir-Tardy, S & Barley, EA 2019, 'The use of positive behaviour support plans in mental health inpatient care: A mixed methods study', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 140-150. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12566

Murphy, A & Hine, B 2018, 'Investigating the demographic and attitudinal predictors of rape myth acceptance in U.K. Police officers: developing an evidence-base for training and professional development', Psychology, Crime & Law, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 69-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316x.2018.1503663

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Murphy, A 2022, Listening to ‘Leading Voices’: Using Expert Insight to Identify Challenges to, and Suggestions for the Improvement of, Rape Investigation and Prosecution in England and Wales. in E Johnston (ed.), Challenges in Criminal Justice. 1 edn, Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 141-163.


Widanaralalage Don, BKS, Hine, BA & Murphy, A 2022, Male victims of sexual violence and their welfare in the criminal justice system. in A Tarrant, L Ladlow & L Way (eds), Men and Welfare. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 140-150. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003178811-14

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