Dr Barbara Murphy

Dr Barbara Murphy 

Principal Research Fellow

Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Honorary Senior Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne

Dr Barbara Murphy is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Deakin University; Honorary Senior Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne; and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Department of Behavioural Medicine, University of Newcastle. She was Director of Research at the Heart Research Centre and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Heart Health.

Dr Murphy has over 25 years experience in psychosocial and behavioural research, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her work during the past decade has focused on the psychosocial consequences of cardiac disease, as well as interventions to support patients and partners after an acute cardiac event. With colleagues from the Heart Research Centre, Dr Murphy developed the Beating Heart Problems program, a secondary prevention program based on cognitive behaviour therapy and motivational interviewing. Dr Murphy and her colleagues translated the group program into an online format, titled Help Yourself Online, later re-named as Getting Back on Track which has been piloted with 50 patients at Cabrini Health, Melbourne.

Dr Murphy also coordinated the Cardiac Blues Project, which involved the development and piloting of written resources for patients and an online training program for health professionals to support patients emotional adjustment after a cardiac event. She has been involved in numerous longitudinal studies and RCTs conducted by the HRC and involving variously 180-500 cardiac patients.

Dr Murphy has also developed and delivered health professional training on depression screening and management in cardiac patients. She has been closely involved in the development of online health professional; Supporting chronic disease self-management funded by the DoHA. The online training, which complements the patient Help Yourself Online program, has been undertaken by over 1500 health professionals. Dr Murphy has also delivered training to cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention practitioners in Australia in relation to psychosocial aspects of cardiac disease and health program evaluation.