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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Susan A. Murphy, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (734) 647-3684
Phone 2: (734) 763-5046
Fax: (734) 763-4676

Primary Programs/Services:
Substance Abuse


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Statistics (1989)
  • M.S., Tulane University, Applied Statistics (1983)
  • B.S., Louisiana State University, Mathematics (1980)

Clinical Interest:

  • Substance abuse as a chronic, relapsing disorder
  • Comorbidities between substance abuse and other disorders

Research Interest:

  • Tailoring treatment to the patient via adaptive treatment strategies
  • Experimental designs for adaptive treatment strategies
  • Analysis methods for constructing adaptive treatment strategies
  • Causal inference

Academic Appointment:

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • H.E. Robbins Professor of Statistics
  • Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • S.A. Murphy, K. Lynch, J. McKay, D. Oslin & T. TenHave (2005). Developing Adaptive Treatment Strategies for Substance Abuse Research, To obtain a copy send email to Technical Report 05-71, The Methodology Center, Pennsylvania State University.
  • S.A. Murphy, (2005). A Generalization Error for Q-Learning, Journal of Machine Learning Research. 6(Jul):1073--1097.
  • L.M. Collins, S.A. Murphy, V. Nair & V. Strecher (2004), A Strategy for Optimizing and Evaluating Behavioral Interventions, Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 30:65-73.
  • S.A. Murphy (2005), An Experimental Design for the Development of Adaptive Treatment Strategies., Statistics in Medicine. 24:1455-1481.

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