UMass Boston

Kristin Murphy

CEHD - Dean's Office
Associate Dean
Wheatley Hall Floor 01


Kristin Murphy has over fifteen years of experience in Special Education in varied teaching, research, and policy roles. Her research primarily focuses on teacher quality and professional development for teachers and administrators in exclusionary school settings including juvenile corrections, hospital, and alternative school settings. She is also interested in exploring the utility of mixed reality simulations in preservice teacher coursework. 


PhD, Special Education, University of Florida, 2014

EdM, Risk and Prevention: Research Concentration, Harvard University, 2008

MS, Special Education, Mercy College, 2005

BA, Psychology, Ithaca College, 2003

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Murphy has served as a researcher on two different federal grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, and has expertise in qualitative research methods. She has experience teaching coursework at both the undergraduate and master's level in special education in addition to supervision of students pursuing initial and professional licensure in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 and 5-12 in Massachusetts. Prior to her career in higher education, Murphy worked for the New York City Department of Education for five years, first as a Special Education teacher and then on No Child Left Behind related operations and dissemination that pertained to students with disabilities. She holds a permanent teaching certificate as a Special Education Teacher K-12 in New York State.

Murphy teaches the following courses in the College of Education and Human Development:

EDC U 230 Inclusion K-12

EDC G 630 Inclusion K-12

SPE G 625: Reading and Writing Instruction and Assessment for Students with Moderate Disabilities, Grades PreK-8

SPE G 629: Consultation and Interpersonal Skills I

SPE G 631: Clinical Teaching Skills for Students with High Incidence Disabilities, Grades 5-12

SPE G 633: Legal and Political Issues in Special Education

SPE G 692: Capstone Research Seminar

SPE G 698: Moderate Disabilities Practicum PreK-8, 5-12

Honors College:

HONORS 101 Freshman Seminar: Tell Me a Story: Equity, Opportunity, and Achievement in Classrooms with Diverse Learners

HONORS 380: Understanding Their Experiences with Street Trauma: Youth Participatory Action Research Methods