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Laura Murray, PhD


Laura Murray, PhD


McLean Hospital


McLean Hospital Mental Health Research Scholars



For nearly 30 years, the funding provided by the Rappaport Foundation to physicians and researchers has allowed brilliance to flourish and breakthroughs to triumph in the areas of neurologic diseases and mental illness.

Laura Murray, PhD, completed her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and her clinical psychology internship at Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Her research examines the role of reward processing in the development and persistence of externalizing psychopathology (e.g., antisocial behavior, psychopathy, substance use). Her dissertation investigated the relationships between components of antisocial behavior (e.g., callous-unemotional traits, delinquency, and disinhibition) and dysfunctional neural response to reward and punishment in youth at risk for antisocial behavior.

Dr. Murray is currently on a NIDA T32 Fellowship in Brain Imaging and Drug Abuse at McLean, where she is using multimodal neuroimaging techniques (e.g., connectivity and task-related brain activity) to investigate the roles of reward processing and executive functioning in the development of problematic substance use and co-occurring internalizing and externalizing psychopathology.