Dr. Ron Murphy

Dr. Ron Murphy

Clinic Director
Practicum/Internship Coordinator
Professor of Psychology

Office: CEMC 109-D
Phone: 843-661-1643


Ronald T. Murphy received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1989. Dr. Murphy’s publications include book chapters and journal articles on substance use by incarcerated adolescents, academic functioning of children of alcoholics, psychological assessment, motivation to change among combat veterans, and the effects of Sept. 11 on stress and academic functioning among African-American college students.

His current research interests include enhancement of PTSD treatment engagement among combat veterans, fostering academic engagement among first generation college students, and psychological barriers for the homeless. His most recent publication reported results from a randomized control trial of an intervention designed to increase treatment engagement among veterans in a PTSD treatment program.  He has consulted to various organizations and treatment sites across the country, including VA clinics and the Department of Defense. He is a member of the Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory Council and is involved in community work with veterans and the homeless.


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The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

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The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


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