Dr. Michael Murphy is a health psychologist. He earned his psychology M.A. at the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. After completing his Ph.D., he spent three years as a post-doctoral scholar at Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Psychology before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University. Dr. Murphy conducts research at the intersection of psychology and biology. His work is motivated by the concept that we are fundamentally social beings. Our connections with others provide opportunities for support and growth. Yet, these connections can also be potent sources of stress and pain. Dr. Murphy studies the mechanisms through which our relationships affect our health, for better or for worse. He is particularly interested in understanding how our immune systems link our social lives to our health.