James G. Murphy, Ph.D.


Psychology Building, Room 348
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James G. Murphy, Ph.D.

Dr. Murphy plans to admit a new doctoral student for Fall 2023 admission.


  • Ph.D., Auburn University
  • M.S., Auburn University
  • B.A., Seton Hall University

Research Interests

  • Addictive and Health Risk Behaviors
  • Behavioral Economic and Decision Making Processes Related to Addiction, and Addictive Behavior Change  
  • Brief Interventions with Young Adult Populations including College Students and Military Veterans
  • Mechanisms of Health and Addictive Behavior Change

Selected Recent Publications (* denotes a mentored student author)

  • Murphy, J. G. & *Dennhardt, A. A. (2016). The behavioral economics of young adult substance abuse. Preventive Medicine, 92, 24-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.04.022

  • *Dennhardt, A. D., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Williams, J., L., & Murphy, J. G. (2016). Drinking motives mediate the relationship between alcohol reward value and alcohol problems in military veterans. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 30(8), 819-826. PMID: 28068111

  • *Joyner, J. K., Pickover, A. M., Soltis, K. E., Dennhardt, A. A., Martens, M. P. & Murphy, J. G. (2016). Deficits in access to reward are associated with college student alcohol use disorder. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 40(12), 2685-2691. doi: 10.1111/acer.13255.

  • *Buscemi, J., Rybak, T.R., Berlin, K.S., Murphy, J.G., & Raynor, H.A. (2017). Impact of food craving and calorie intake on body mass index (BMI) changes during an 18-month behavioral weight loss trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. PMID: 28083824

  • * Peasant, C., Montanaro, E.A., Kershaw, T., Parra, G.R., Weiss, N.H., Meyer, J.P., Murphy, J.G., Ritchwood, T.D., & Sullivan, T.P. (2017). An event-level examination of successful condom negotiation strategies among young women. Journal of Health Psychology. doi.org/10.1177/1359105317690598

  • *Meshesha, L.Z., Pickover, A. M., Teeters, J. B., & Murphy, J.G. (2017). Substance-free reward deficits among young adult non-medical prescription opioid users. The Psychological Record, 67, 241-251. doi:10.1007/s40732-017-0235-2

  • * Peasant, C., Parra, G.R., Weiss, N.H., Meyer, J., Murphy, J.G., Ritchwood, T.D., & Sullivan, T.P. (in press). Words can hurt: the effects of physical and psychological partner violence on condom negotiation and condom use among young women. Women and Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2017.1316345

  • *Acuff, S. F. & Murphy, J.G. (2017). Further examination of the temporal stability of alcohol demand. Behavioural Processes, 17, 33-41. PMID: 28373056

  • *Soltis, K. E., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., & Murphy, J. G. (in press). Alcohol demand, future orientation, and craving mediate the relation between depressive and stress symptoms and alcohol problems. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

  • *Acuff, S. F., Soltis, K. E., Dennhardt, A. A., Borsari, B., Martens, M. P., & Murphy, J. G. (in press). Future so bright? Delay discounting and consideration of future consequences predict academic performance among college drinkers. Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology.

  • *Voss, A. T., Soltis, K. E., Dennhardt, A. A. Martens, M. P., & Murphy, J. G. (in press). Protective Behavioral Strategies Mediate the Relationship between Behavioral Economic Risk Factors and Alcohol-Related Problems. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

  • *Meshesha, L. Z., Utzelmann, B., Dennhardt, A. A., & Murphy, J. G. (in press). A Behavioral Economic Analysis of Marijuana and Other Drug Use Among Heavy Drinking Young Adults
    Translational Issues in Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1037/tps0000144

  • *Acuff, S. F., Luciano, M.T.; Soltis, K. E., Joyner, K. J., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., & Murphy, J. G. Access to Environmental Reward Mediates the Association between Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Alcohol Problems and Craving. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology