Dr. Murphy's research interests are in drug policy and the simultaneous medicalization/criminalization of drug addiction. Her recent book, Illness or Deviance? Drug Courts, Drug Treatment, and the Ambiguity of Addiction (Temple University Press, 2015), examined a drug court and affiliated drug treatment programs to see how addiction was constructed in each setting. Her current research project is looking at how a person's framework for understanding addiction influences their opinion on how to handle drug offenders.
Illness or Deviance? Drug Courts, Drug Treatment, and the Ambiguity of Addiction. Temple University Press, 2015.
"Drug Court as Both a Legal and Medical Authority." Deviant Behavior 32.3 (2011): 257-291.
Ph.D., Sociology, Temple University
M.S., Sociology, Temple University
B.S., Sociology, Saint Joseph's University