Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy

Understanding Microaggressions and the Allostatic Load

Assistant Professor, Rivier University


Dr. Kate Murphy received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2008 from Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University-Johnson) and subsequently has worked as a Master’s Level clinician since 2008 with adults, adolescents, children, and couples. In 2012, Dr. Murphy was accepted to Rivier University’s Doctorate of Education Program in Leadership and Learning before changing to the Combined Doctoral in Counseling and School Psychology in 2013. As part of her training, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling Center at Keene State College working with transitional aged youth.

Dr. Murphy’s dissertation research focused on the relationship between mindfulness, cravings, and severity of mental health symptoms due to her interest and experience working with individuals with substance abuse and severe and persistent mental illness. She also has additional research interests in disabilities, social justice, and school-based interventions for students with emotional difficulties.

Following her graduation in 2017, Dr. Murphy worked full-time as a school psychologist in a local school district while serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling and School Psychology Master’s program. She joined the faculty full-time in the fall of 2020 and continues to work part-time as a school psychologist.

Dr. Murphy is passionate about teaching and the connections that are made in the classroom. She often utilizes her previous professional experiences to highlight concepts being discussed and deepen discussions. Dr. Murphy teaches a variety of graduate and doctoral level courses at Rivier, with a focus on collaboration, techniques, and assessment.