Thomas Murphy

Assistant Professor of Counseling


Ph.D.Counselor Education & PracticeGeorgia State University
M.S.Clinical Mental Health CounselingGeorgia State University
B.A.PsychologyWashington & Lee University

Professional Experience

Tom Murphy completed a doctorate in Counselor Education and Practice at Georgia State University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York,, a National Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor and is certified by EMDRIA as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician. He provided clinical services (trauma focused) at Positive Impact Health Centers in Decatur, GA. He conducted workshops on Clinical Supervision, Telemental Health, and Supervision Ethics; and provided supervision and clinical practice at Advanced Counselor Training & Supervision, LLC in Atlanta. When he is not working, Tom enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking. (Deleted Last Sentence).

Teaching Interests

Tom’s teaching has focused on Skill Development, including Basic Skills and Motivational Interviewing; Disaster, Trauma and Crisis; Counseling Across the Lifespan; and Supervision. His teaching philosophy is centered around the development of competent, ethically focused, counseling clinicians.

Research/Creative Works

Murphy, T., Dispenza, F., Chang, C., Elston, N., Rumsey, A., Sinclair, M., & Curtis-Davidson, R. (2019). Enhancing the Seeking Safety group intervention with trauma-sensitive yoga practice: A program evaluation. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 35, 308-315.

Murphy, T., Chang, C., & Dispenza, F. (2018). Qualitative clinical mental health program evaluation: Models and implications for counseling practitioners and educators. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 40 (1), 1-13. doi: 10.17744/mehc.40.1.01.

Dispenza, F., Murphy, T., Zeligman, M. (2017). Career development of sexual minority men living with HIV. Journal of Career Development, doi:

McCullough, J., Dispenza, F., Parker, L., Viehl, C., Chang, C., & Murphy, T. (2017). The counseling experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming clients. Journal of Counseling & Development, 95, 423-434. doi: 10.1002/jcad.12157.

Zeligman, M., Dispenza, F., Chang, C., Levy, D., McDonald, C., & Murphy, T. (2017). Motivational interviewing training: A pilot study in a master’s level counseling program. Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation, 1-14.

Murphy, T. (2015). Reflections on treating trauma effectively with LGBTQ clients. Association For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling Newsletter