Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Research,
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Research Associate Professor,
Programs in School Psychology and Applied Developmental Science and Special Education,
School of Education
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Dr. Murray’s research focuses on understanding the development of self-regulation from multidisciplinary perspectives including developmental neuroscience, relationship science, and ecological systems theory and in applying this knowledge to design and test interventions in schools and early care settings for children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in professional development approaches for teachers and school support staff that enhance their ability to support self-regulation through day to day caregiving interactions as well as through targeted programs.  Dr. Murray has conducted several systematic literature reviews identifying effective self-regulation intervention strategies, and has led numerous randomized controlled trials for children with disruptive behavior in educational and clinic settings funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and NIMH.  Her work also examines how attention, executive functioning, and emotion regulation processes impact educational outcomes including achievement and discipline referrals.  She is also involved in research examining long-term developmental outcomes related to ADHD.


  1. Murray, D.W., Rabiner, D.L., Kuhn, L., Pan, Y., & Sabet, R. (2017).  Investigating teacher and student effects of the Incredible Years® classroom management program in early elementary school.  Journal of School Psychology.
  2. Murray, D.W., Lawrence, J., LaForett, D. (2017).   The Incredible Years® programs for ADHD in young children:  A critical review of the evidence.  Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.  doi:10.1177/1063426617717740
  3. Meinzer, M. C., LeMoine, K. A., Howard, A. L., Stehli, A., Arnold, L. E., Hechtman, L., Hinshaw, S. P., Molina B. S. G., Murray, D. W., Sibley, M. H., Swanson, J. M., Tamm, L., & Chronis-Tuscano, A. (2017). Childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and involvement in early pregnancy: Mechanisms of Risk. Journal of Attention Disorders.  Doi: 10.1177/1087054717730610
  4. Jensen, P.S., Yuki, K., Murray, D.W., Weisner, T., Hinshaw, S., Molina, B.G., Swanson, J., Arnold, L.E., Hechtman, L. and the MTA Cooperative Group (2017).  Turning Points in the Lives of Youth of with/without ADHD: Are They Linked to Changes in Substance Use?  Journal of Attention Disorders.  doi:10.1177/1087054717700977
  5. Howard, A. L., Strickland, N., Murray, D. W., Tamm, L., Swanson, J. M., Hinshaw, S. P., Arnold, L. E., & Molina, B. S. G. (2016). Progression of impairment in adolescents with ADHD through the transition out of high school: Contributions of parent involvement and college attendance. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.  doi:  10.1037/abn0000100