Sarah Murray, PhD

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sarah trained in psychiatric epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A major focus of hr 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, Dr. Murray’s 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 women and children living in situations of complex adversity in high-, middle- and low-income country contexts.


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, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Efficacy/effectiveness trials, Human-centered design/design thinking/innovation techniques, Intervention development and testing, Measurement/psychometrics, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods, Research evaluation methods

Strategies expertise

Community engagement, Quality improvement

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Mental health awareness/promotion, Parenting interventions, Psychosocial skills, Support groups

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, International NGOs, Schools and universities