Velma McBride Murry
Professor of Human and Organizational Development, Society for Research on Adolescence, Society for Prevention Research, American Psy Association, Society for Research on Child Development
Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D., is the Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her work has focused on the significance of context in studies of African-American families and youth, particularly the impact of racism on family functioning. This research has elucidated the dynamics of this contextual stressor in the everyday life of African Americans and the ways in which family members buffer each other from the impact of the external stressors that cascade through African-American lives. Dr. McBride Murry is PI of The Strong African American Families Program (SAAF – 2R01-MH 63043), a universal RCT prevention trial designed to deter HIV-related risk behavior among rural African American youth. She is currently testing a RCT of the Computer-Based HIV Prevention Program for Rural Africans, Pathways to African American’s Success (PAAS, 5R01-MH 63043) to determine the efficacy and viability of a technology-driven, interactive family-based preventive intervention as a delivery modality for rural families. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2008, Dr. Murry was professor of child and family development and co-director of the Center of Family Research in the Institute for Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia. She received a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri, Columbia.