Michael Murray

Michael MurrayMichael Murray is a Professor of Social and Health Psychology and Head of School of Psychology at Keele University. In the 1970s Murray obtained a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Ulster. He followed this with a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Stirling. His PhD supervisor was Professor Ivana Markova FBA and his examiner was Professor Rob Farr.

Murray then moved to London where in the late 1970s he was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Psychology in the Division of Community Health at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School (now part of Kings College London). In the mid 80’s he returned to the University of Ulster initially as a Lecturer and then as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Murray moved to Canada in the early 90s where he was appointed Professor of Social & Health Psychology at Memorial University. He returned to the UK in 2006 to take up my current appointment at Keele.

He has held a series of visiting appointments at various universities including Durham University (Leonard Slater Fellow), London School of Economics (Visiting Teacher) and Massey University (Visiting Scholar). Murray is currently a Visiting Professor at City University London and at Staffordshire University.

Murray is the Associate Editor of Psychology and Health. In addition, he sits on the editorial boards of various other journals including Psychology, Health & Medicine, Health Psychology Review and Arts & Health.

He also sits on a range of research review bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council College of Reviewers.

Murray was a founding member and first Chair of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. This society holds a biennial conference to which it attracts several hundred participants on each occasion. These conferences have been held in Canada, UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland. The next one will be held in South Africa in 2015.

Over the years Murray has received various awards including Fellowship of the British Psychological Society and of the Canadian Psychological Association.

His publications include:

Credits to Keele University

Published: 03 November 2014

Last update: 21 April 2015


Alisha Ali

Alicia AliAlisha Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on the mental health effects of oppression including violence, racism and discrimination. She has examined depression and its psychosocial correlates across a range of disadvantaged populations including domestic violence survivors, clients in poverty transition programmes, psychiatric outpatient samples, and immigrant/refugee women. Her current projects are investigating empowerment-based programmes in domestic violence shelters and low-income high schools. She is the co-editor (with Dana Crowley Jack) of Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World published by Oxford University Press.

Ali holds BSc, MS, and PhD degrees, all from University of Toronto. Her research interest includes well-being and mental health, immigrant women, women of colour, feminist epistemology and social action.

Her recent publication includes:

  • Ali., A. & Lees, K. (2013). The therapist as advocate: Anti-oppression advocacy in psychological practice. The Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(2), 160-169.
  • Ali, A., McFarlane, E., Lees, K., & Srivastava (2012). Who is a patriot? Psychological recolonization and the proliferation of U.S. nationalism. Race, Gender, and Class, 20 (1-2).
  • Ali, A., McFarlane, E., Hawkins, R., & Udo-Inyang, I. (2011). Social justice revisited: Psychological recolonization and the challenge of anti-oppression advocacy. Race, Gender, and Class, 19.

She is also part of the following editorial boards:

  • Sex Roles, Consulting Editor
  • Journal of Emotional Abuse, Editorial Board Member
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly, Editorial Board Member

Credits to: New York University

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 21 April 2015