Portrait of Professor Glynis Murphy

Professor Glynis Murphy

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Disability


Professor Murphy studied PPP at Oxford University and then undertook her clinical psychology training at the University of Birmingham, following which she was employed as a Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, London completing her PhD there.

Since that time, she has worked at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and was the academic director of the DClinPsy course at Lancaster University.  She has worked at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent from 1993 - 2004 and 2006 to present, where she was Co-Director from 2012-2016. 

Research interests

  • Effectiveness of CBT for people with Asperger syndrome and social anxiety
  • Effectiveness of social care for ex-offenders with learning disabilities
  • Effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural treatment for men at risk of sexual offending
  • Effectiveness of treatment for people with untreated Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Symptoms of abuse for people with severe learning disabilities
  • Capacity to consent to sexual relationships
  • Moral development and people with learning disabilities
  • Early intervention in autism


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 
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