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Lexa Murphy

Doctoral Candidate
Research Area: Clinical Science


I am interested in parent-child communication, coping, neurocognitive function, and medical traumatic stress in pediatric populations, such as families affected by childhood cancer and congenital heart disease

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Representative Publications

Papers

1. Murray, C., Murphy, L.K., Palermo, T.M., Clarke, G. (2012). Pain and sleep-wake disturbances in adolescents with depressive disorders. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41(4):482-90.

2. Law, E.F., Murphy, L.K., Palermo, T.M. (2013). Evaluating treatment participation in an internet-based behavioral intervention for pediatric chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37(8), 893-903.

3. Lewandowski, A. D., Law, E. F., Zhou, C., Murphy, L. K., & Palermo, T. M. (2013). Reciprocal associations among pain and depression in adolescents over one year. European Journal of Pain, 17(7), 1058-1067.

4. Murray, C. B., Amaro, C. M., Devine, K. A., Psihogios, A. M., Murphy, L. K., Holmbeck, G. N.  (2015). Observed maco- and micro-level parenting behaviors during preadolescent family interactions as predictors of adjustment in emerging adults with and without Spina Bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(1), 18-32.

5. Law, E. F., Bromberg, M. H., Noel, M., Groenewald, C., Murphy, L. K., & Palermo, T. M. (2015).  Alcohol and tobacco use in youth with and without chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(5), 509–516.

6. Bemis, H., Yarboi, J.,  Gerhard, C. A., Vannatta, K., Desjardins, L., Murphy, L. K., Rodriguez, E., Compas, B. E.  (2015). Childhood Cancer in Context: Sociodemographic Factors, Stress, and Psychological Distress Among Mothers and Children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology40(8), 733-743.

7. Rodriguez, E., Murphy, L. K., L., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., Young-Saleme, T., Saylor, M. M.,  Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Dunn, M. J. Compas, B. E. (2016). Maternal Coping and Depression as Predictors of Mother-Child Communication about a Child’s Cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(3), 329-339.

8. Murphy, L. K., Rodriguez, E., Saylor, M., Dunn, M., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Saylor, M., Schwartz, L., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L. & Compas, B. E. (2016). Longitudinal  Associations Among Maternal Communication and Adolescent Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms after Cancer Diagnosis. Journal of Psycho-Oncology, 25(7), 779-86.

9. Murphy, L. K., Compas, B. E., Reeslund, K., Gindville, G., Mah, M., Markham, L. W., Jordan, L. C. (2017). Cognitive and Attentional Functioning in Adolescents and Young Adults with Tetralogy of Fallot and d-Transposition of the Great Arteries.  Child Neuropsychology, 23(1), 99-110.

10. Murphy, L. K., Murray, C. B., Compas, B. E. (2017).  Topical Review: Integrating Findings on Direct Observation of Family Communication in Studies Comparing Pediatric Chronic Illness and Typically Developing Samples. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(1), 85-94.

11. Bettis, A. H., Coiro, M. J., England, J., Murphy, L. K., Zelkowitz, R. L., Desjardins, L., ... & Compas, B. E. (in press). Comparison of two approaches to prevention of mental health problems in college students: Enhancing coping and executive function skills. Journal of American College Health.

12. Keim, M. C., Lehmann, V., Shultz, E. L., Rausch, J. R., Barrera, M. E., Gilmer, M. J., Murphy, L. K., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. E. & Gerhardt, C. A. (in press). Parent-child communication and adjustment among children with advanced and non-advanced cancer in the first year following diagnosis or relapse. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

13. Murphy, L. K., Thomsen, K. F., McLaughlin, F. J. (in press). Behavioral treatment of aerophagia in a typically developing 3 year old: A case report. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

14. Murphy, L. K., Bettis, A., Gruhn, M. A., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C. A., Compas, B. E. (accepted for publication). Resilience in adolescents faced with cancer: Associations of coping with positive and negative affect.

15. Murphy, L. K., Compas, B. E., Gindville, G., Reeslund, K., Jordan, L. C. (accepted for publication). Cognitive performance over time in children with intracerebral hemorrhage.

 

Compas, B. E., Vannatta, K., Murphy, L. K., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Young-Saleme, T., Rodriguez, E., Dunn, M., Cole, D., Gerhard, C. A. (in review). Children and Adolescents Coping with Cancer: Self- and Mother-Reports of Coping and Anxiety/Depression from Diagnosis to 12-Months. 


Book chapters

Compas, B. E., Murphy, L. K., Yarboi, J., Gruhn, M. A., Watson, K. (invited chapter in press). Stress and coping in families: Context for challenges and opportunities. Handbook of Family Psychology.


Conference paper presentations

Murphy, L. K., Thigpen, J., Rodriguez, M., Desjardins, L., Bemis, H., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. (2016, October). Children’s emotional caretaking in pediatric cancer: The cost of caring for mom’s distress. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Murphy, L. K., Rodriguez, M., Dunn, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. (2014, November). Maternal communication mediates the relation between    maternal and adolescent posttraumatc stress symptoms after adolescent cancer diagnosis. Paper invited for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Murphy, L. K., Law, E. F., Tai, G. G., Churchill, S., & Palermo, T. M. Longitudinal sleep patterns in youth with chronic pain and healthy peers over one year. (2012, April). Paper invited for presentation at the Midwest Conference in Pediatric Psychology, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Poster presentations

Murphy, L., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., Desjardins, L., Prussein, K., Compas, B. (2016, August). Interpersonal models of coping and distress in pediatric oncology. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO. 

Murphy, L., Thigpen, J. Rodriguez, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. (2016, April) Emotional caretaking in pediatric oncology: When children care for mom’s distress. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K.,Compas, B. (2015, November) Coping predicts resilience in pediatric oncology. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Murphy, L.,  Compas, B., Reeslund. K., Gindville, M., Mah, M., Markham, M., Jordan, L.  (2015, April) Cognitive and attentional deficits in adolescents and young adults with moderate congenital heart defects. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, M., Dunn, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. (2014, November) Course and risk factors for adolescent, maternal, and paternal posttraumatc stress symptoms after adolescent cancer diagnosis. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, M., Dunn, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. (2014, March) Mother and adolescent distress due to cancer diagnosis is mediated by maternal communication. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, M., Dunn, M., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Compas, B. (2014, March) Post-traumatic stress symptoms after adolescent cancer diagnosis: Effects of previous family experience with cancer. Poster presented at the Biannual Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, E. M., Zuckerman, T., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Saylor, M., Compas, B. E. (2013, November) Maternal post-traumatic stress symptoms and mother-child communication about child cancer. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Murphy, L., Rodriguez, E. M., Zuckerman, T., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., Saylor, M., Compas, B. E. (2013, April) Changing the Topic: Maternal post-traumatic stress symptoms and mother-child communication about child cancer. Poster presented at the Society of Research on Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

Murphy, L., Law, E., Murray, C., & Palermo, T. (2011, April). Evaluating treatment process in a web-based intervention for pediatric chronic pain. Poster presented at the National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, Texas.

Murphy, L., Fivush, R., Sales, J., & Teague, G. (2009, April). When asthma is scary: Children’s narratives and asthma health-related quality of life. Poster presented at the Midwest Conference in Pediatric Psychology, Kansas City, MO.


Published abstracts

Lewandowski, A. D., Murphy, L. K., & Palermo, T. M. (2011). Depressive symptoms mediate associations among pain and fatigue in adolescents. Journal of Pain, 12 (4, Suppl 2): S14.

Tham, S. W., Law, E. F., Murray, C. B., Murphy, L. K., & Palermo, T. M. (2011). Multiple site pain and quality of life in adolescents.  Journal of Pain, 12 (4, Suppl 2): S15.