Christopher "Topher" Murphy
Psy.D. Program, 2008
Psychology & Counseling Skills
Christian Integration in a graduate program
As a 14-year-old, Christopher Murphy was on his deathbed fighting two types of cancer. Through this and other traumatic experiences, Murphy has watched God mold him into the man he is today. "My journey to Regent wasn't so much a choice I made as a choice made by God," he reflects. God led him out of his comfort zone and placed him at Regent to stretch him and teach him trust. After graduating with his Master's in Counseling from Regent, Murphy applied his skills at two residential centers, focusing on the treatment of sexually aggressive adolescent males and adolescent males who have conduct disorder and an involvement in the juvenile justice system. He has also led domestic violence groups for adult males and interacts with the court system regarding various cases.
Murphy's experiences in the field left him wanting additional resources to use in working with these populations, so he came back to Regent to complete the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. "The decision to return to Regent was an easy one. After the great training I received in the master's program, I could think of no better place to pick up where I left off than the School of Psychology & Counseling at Regent."
Since completing his doctorate, Murphy has been serving as a clinical psychologist with the U.S. Army. He's worked at Fort Gordon, Fort Campbell and Fort Hood and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. To read more about Murphy's work with the Army and how his degree from Regent prepared him to serve, see this featured article in our Christian Leader magazine.