Sarah Murray, PhD

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Sarah Murray is a psychiatric epidemiologist trained in global mental health. A major focus of her research to date has been the rigorous evaluation of interventions designed to treat mental disorders and distress for survivors of torture and conflict-related violence in diverse global settings. Currently, her primary research interest is in using mixed-methods to understand the multifaceted relationship between violence, stigma, and common mental disorders to inform the development of effective strategies to promote the mental health and psychosocial well-being of individuals living in situations of complex adversity in high-, middle- and low-income country contexts, with a particular focus on women with young children and sexual and gender minority adults.


Professional Expertise


Epidemiology, Public health, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, LGBTQ health, Maternal and child health, Stress and coping

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Grant and proposal writing, Human-centered design/design thinking/innovation techniques, Intervention development and testing, Measurement/psychometrics, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods, Research evaluation methods, Survey development

Strategies expertise

Community engagement, Capacity building, Quality improvement

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Mental health awareness/promotion, Parenting interventions, Psychosocial skills, Support groups, Evidence-based mental health practices

Partnership Expertise

Health departments/health agencies, Schools and universities