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School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Community Health and Social Inclusion
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Dr. Murphy is Assistant Professor of Social Science in DCU School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health and Programme Chair of the MSc in Health and Social Inclusion. 

Rebecca is a sociologist with expertise in participatory qualitative methodologies and implementation science within the field of mental health systems. Rebecca’s work focuses on amplifying and integrating the knowledge of Experts by Experience in both our mental health and research systems and has extensive experience of conducting participatory methodologies with normatively excluded and ‘minoritized’ communities. Her work is also informed by implementation science, specifically the co-design, implementation, and scaling of ‘optimised’ interventions in mental health systems.

In 2022, Rebecca secured the prestigious Health Research Board Emerging Investigator Award in Health to lead a four-year programme of work, which is epistemologically informed by Community Based Participatory Research and theoretically underpinned by implementation science, to coproduce actionable knowledge to strengthen cultural humility in Irish mental health services.

Research interests

Mental Health, participatory methodologies, health systems strengthening, health equity & justice, implementation science