Professor Glynis Murphy

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Disability
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Professor Glynis Murphy


Professor Murphy studied PPP at Oxford University, where she received a first class degree, and she then undertook her clinical psychology training at the University of Birmingham, where she was awarded the Crothalls prize.

Since that time, she has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, London (completing her PhD there), the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and she was the academic director of the DClinPsy course at Lancaster University (2004-2006). She has worked at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, from 1993 - 2004 and 2006 to present, and was Co-Director there from 2012-2016.

Professor Murphy is an HCPC registered clinical and forensic psychologist and most of her academic posts have also involved part-time clinical work in the NHS, with children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, in a variety of community teams and hospitals, including in secure services. 

Research interests

  • People with learning disabilities/autism in the criminal justice system
  • Effectiveness of social care for ex-offenders with learning disabilities
  • Effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural treatment for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who have harmful sexual behaviour
  • Symptoms of abuse for people with severe learning disabilities
  • Detection of abuse in services for people with learning disabilities
  • Capacity to make decisions and to consent to sexual relationships
  • EMDR as a treatment for trauma in people with learning disabilities
  • Effectiveness of CBT for people with Asperger syndrome and social anxiety 


Professor Murphy has taught on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Tizard.  She developed and convened the MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Learning Disabilities and has been instrumental in developing the MA Postgraduate studies in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Forensic Issues. 


She currently supervises PhD students most of whose research focuses on autism and learning disabilities and the criminal justice system. 


  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • President of IASSIDD 2008-2012
  • Associate Director for the School of Social Care and Research until 2014
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Chaired the Guideline Development Group on challenging behaviour and learning disabilities NICE 2013-2015
  • Asked to conduct an independent report into CQC inspection and regulation of Whorlton Hall
  • Invited to join the expert panel in the public enquiry into abuse at Muckamore Abbey hospital 
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