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Sandra Murphy

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279 Williams Street
Room 109
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30605-1749
Phone: (706) 542-5419

Teaching Specialties
Direct Practice, Marriage and Family Therapy, Foster Care and Adoption

Research Interests
Field Education, Child Welfare, Mental Health














Sandra Murphy

Director, Field Education
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Georgia
MSW, University of Michigan
B.A., Social Work, Michigan State University

Sandra Murphy is the Director of Field Education for the School of Social Work. She ensures that field programs are in compliance with the standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the governing body for graduate and undergraduate professional social work education programs in the US. With the field faculty, she oversees placements of students into field settings, ensures proper training of field instructors, and oversees field program evaluation.

Previously Dr. Murphy was Director of Field Education at the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University (WMU), Kalamazoo, Michigan. She reorganized and updated its program, directed the development of a searchable online database of field placements, and brought field instructors actively into the philosophy of field through enhanced orientation and training, and annual field instructor appreciation conferences.

During twenty-five years as a practicing clinical social worker, Dr. Murphy has worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families and was licensed as a marriage and family therapist as well as a clinical social worker. She has also been a clinical supervisor, program manager, and a hospital director of Social Work. She has worked in public child welfare services, hospitals, and both inpatient and outpatient mental health services. She served for as a field instructor for the University of Michigan and Saginaw Valley State University.

Her areas of specialty and research include field education, child welfare, and mental health.

Selected Publications

Unrau, Y. A., Font, S., & Murphy, S. R. (2011). Placement Moves of Foster Children as Perceived by Foster Parents. The Journal of Public Child Welfare, 4, 390-407.

Crowder, C., Malone, T., Koob, J. J., Murphy, S. R., & Risler, E. (1999). Juvenile boot camps: Public opinion and the demand for a new brand of justice. Journal of Law and Social Work, 9, 53-66.