Faculty

Dr. Clodagh Murray

Dr. Clodagh Murray

Dr. Clodagh Murray

Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Special Education and Neuroscience Division

Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Applied Behavior Analysis from the National University of Ireland Galway
  • BA (Hons) Applied Psychology from University College Cork
  • Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations
  • Applied Behavior Analysis International
  • UK Society for Behavior Analysis
  • Munster Behavior Analyst Forum

Profile

Dr. Clodagh Murray is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Special Education and Neuroscience Division who brings with her a wealth of clinical experience delivering behavioral interventions to children and adults with autism, acquired brain injury as well as individuals from marginalized communities who were at risk of academic failure.

Since joining ECAE in August 2019, Dr. Clodagh helped launch the new Postgraduate Diploma and Masters of Education programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the first program of its kind in the UAE. Prior to this, she was employed as a Lecturer in ABA at her alma mater, the National University of Ireland Galway and also served as a Lecturer in Psychology at London South Bank University in the UK.  She has delivered modules on higher education programs in Psychology, ABA and Special/Inclusive Education at Dublin City University, Behaviour Momentum India and Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Murray’s research activities include developing optimum strategies for increasing behavioral variability across multiple repertoires with a particular focus on teaching varied play skills to children with autism. In addition, she is interested in teaching social and vocational skills to adults who have difficulties in these areas, and in fluency-building interventions for academic skills.

Dr. Murray completed her Ph.D in Applied Behavior Analysis at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2013. Her thesis, entitled “Operant Variability: An experimental analysis of consequential control over response variability”, investigated methods for increasing variability across a range of behaviors with the aim of developing remediation strategies for populations for whom rigidity in responding (i.e., low variability) is problematic. This series of studies is part of an emerging research base using strategies derived from the basic, lab-based literature to improve outcomes for people in the real world, in particular those on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Murray’s work has been published in a range of high-quality international journals and she regularly acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Intellectual and Physical Disabilities, The Psychological Record and The Irish Journal of Psychology.

Publications

Articles in peer-reviewed research journals

  • Chambers, B., Murray, C.M., Boden, Z.V., & Kelly, M.P. (2019). “Sometimes labels need to exist”: Exploring how young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome perceive its removal from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – fifth edition. Disability and Society. DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1649121
  • Grindle, C., Tyler, E.J., Murray, C.M., Hastings, R.J., Lovell, M. (2019). Parent‐Mediated Online Reading intervention for children with Down Syndrome. Support for Learning, 34(2), 211-230. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9604.12249
  • Murray, C.M.,& Healy, O. (2015). An examination of response variability in children with autism and the relationship to restricted repetitive behavior subtypes. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 11, 13-19. DOI:10.1016/j.rasd.2014.11.012
  • Murray, C.M.,& Healy, O. (2013). Increasing response variability in individuals with autism spectrum disorder using lag schedules of reinforcement. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 1481-1488.DOI:10.1016/j.rasd.2013.08.004

Chapters in Books

  • Healy, O., Lydon, S. &Murray, C.M. Aggressive Behaviour. In P. Sturmey& R. Didden (Eds). EvidenceBased Practice and Intellectual Disabilities, England: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Research reports and other publications
  • Murray, C.M.& Kelly, M.P. (2018). The first 100 high-frequency words list: Building fluency in delayed readers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Conference Abstract: 3rd International Conference on Educational Neuroscience). doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2018.225.00 027
  • Moynihan, C.B., Murray, C.M., Baruni, R. R., Sheridan, D.J., & Kelly, M.P. (2018). A review of lag schedules of reinforcement to increase variation in play skills for children with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Conference Abstract: 3rd International Conference on Educational Neuroscience). doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2018.225.00 029