General Research Interestdesign and analysis of group-randomized trials in health promotion and disease prevention research
Research DescriptionDr. Murray has spent his career evaluating intervention programs designed to improve the public health. He has worked with all age groups, in a variety of settings, and with a variety of health behaviors and disease outcomes. In particular, Dr. Murray has focused on the design and analysis of group-randomized trials in which identifiable social groups are randomized to conditions and members of those groups are observed to assess the effect of an intervention. Dr. Murray wrote the first textbook on that material, published by Oxford University Press in 1998. He is actively involved in many of these trials, collaborating with colleagues around the country on their design, implementation and evaluation. He also conducts research to develop and test new methods for their analysis. Dr. Murray served as the first as Chair of the Community-Level Heath Promotion study section at NIH and recently returned to that study section
Transinstitutional WorkDr. Murray holds an adjunct appointment at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health where he collaborates with faculty in the Department of Mental Health. He collaborates on other research with colleagues in the School of Social work at the University of Washington, in the Schools of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and in the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts.