The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Counseling and Educational Development

Dr. Christine Murray

phone: 336-334-3426
office: 221 Curry Building

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Title: Associate Professor


  • PhD, Counselor Education, University of Florida
  • EdS, Marriage and Family Counseling, University of Florida
  • MEd, Marriage and Family Counseling, University of Florida
  • BA, Sociology and Psychology, Duke University

Faculty member at UNCG since: 2005

Scholarly Achievements and Awards (selected):

  • Recipient of the 2013 Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award from the American Counseling Association
  • 2006 and 2008 UNCG Summer Excellence Research Award Recipient
  • 2006-2007 UNCG New Faculty Research Grant Recipient
  • 2008-2009 UNCG Regular Faculty Research Grant Recipient
  • Presidential Fellowship Recipient, University of Florida

Ongoing and Recent Research, Teaching, and Clinical Projects (selected):

  • The “See the Triumph” Campaign: See the Triumph is based on two research studies with over 230 survivors of battering, and the goals of the campaign are (1) to share empowering messages that people can overcome their abuse and create positive, nonviolent lives, (2) to describe strategies that have worked for other survivors to help them overcome their abuse and the stigma related to it, and (3) to promote a new view of battering survivors that shows them as triumphant, courageous, and resourceful. Learn more about See the Triumph at the following web-site, Facebook page, and Twitter feed:
  • Safety Strategies: The Safety Strategies web-site and booklet are the result of research by the Family Violence Research Group. Safety Strategies is based on nine focus groups with domestic violence agencies in North Carolina, as well as other existing research and resources on safety planning. The 56-page booklet was developed for professionals to use with clients, and the booklet includes a number of client handouts and worksheets that can be downloaded and printed as needed. Learn more about the Family Violence Research Group here.
  • Responding to Family Violence: A Comprehensive, Research-Based Guide for Therapists ( Co-authored with Dr. Kelly Graves at NC A & T State University, this book provides a comprehensive overview of research-based practice strategies for mental health professionals who work with clients impacted by various forms of family violence.
  • Linking Research and Practice in Domestic Violence – This series of studies examines various facets of the gap between research and practice in domestic violence prevention and intervention. The first study involved a statewide survey of domestic violence service providers to examine their needs and perceptions related to research. The second study involved the development of a scale to measure domestic violence researchers’ perceptions of the links between research and practice. The third study involved a Delphi study of representatives from state domestic violence coalitions to identify possible solutions to bridging the gap between research and practice. The fourth study examined the usability of a widely-used web-site for domestic violence information, as well as studying the information needs and technology readiness of domestic violence service providers.
  • Couples Resource Map Scales - This on-line assessment instrument is designed to measure the amount of support couples receive for their relationship from various personal, relationship, and contextual resources. The CRMS provides immediate feedback to people who complete the instrument in the form of a Couple’s Resource Map. The Couple’s Resource Map was first published in 2004 in an article on solution-focused premarital counseling in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy ( The Couple’s Resource Map handout has been translated into at least three languages, which are available for download below. The professionals who completed the translations are credited below. Please note that the translated versions have not been validated in research, so practitioners using the Map in other languages should review it closely prior to using it with clients.
  • Women’s Leadership Network for Safe and Healthy Relationships – This project involved training and support for a core group of residents of a neighborhood in Southeast Greensboro. These residents then developed and implemented community-based programming in their neighborhood focused on promoting safe and healthy relationships and preventing domestic violence. This project was funded through the United Way of Greater Greensboro, and the other UNCG faculty involved were Dr. Paige Hall Smith in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and Dr. Jackie White in the Department of Psychology.

Research Interests (selected):

  • The process of overcoming past abuse
  • The links between research and practice in domestic violence prevention and intervention
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to addressing domestic violence
  • Preventive interventions in couple and family counseling

Professional Service (selected):

  • Faculty Advisor, Upsilon Nu Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota
  • Member, Editorial Review Board, The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
  • Dissemination Action Team Member, National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV, 2013 – present)
  • Mental Health and Domestic Violence Task Force Member, North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission, October 2011-present

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Counselors Working with Families
  • Advanced Clinical Topics in Couple and Family Counseling: Family Violence
  • Advanced Clinical Topics in Couple and Family Counseling: Sexuality Counseling
  • Counselor as Scientist-Practitioner
  • Coordinates the Couple and Family Counseling track in the program
  • Chairs and serves on dissertation committees

Counseling Experience (selected):

Has worked as a counselor in the following settings:

  • Adult outpatient program in a community mental health agency
  • School for at-risk adolescent girls
  • Children’s outpatient program in a community mental health agency
  • Churches
  • Juvenile delinquency diversion program

Clinical Experience and Interests:

  • Family counseling
  • Solution-focused counseling
  • Family violence
  • Survivors of childhood abuse
  • Chronic mental health disorders
  • Children and adolescents
  • Clinical supervision


  • Licensed Professional Counselor, North Carolina
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, North Carolina
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Member, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Member, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

Recent Publications

For a list of selected publications, along with access to the full-text of these articles, see Dr. Murray’s profile in NC DOCKS:




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