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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Karla Murdock

Professor of Psychology

Parmly 238
(540) 458-8248

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My research addresses factors that promote well being and resiliency during childhood and adolescence.
The developmental psychopathology theoretical framework guides my work in two important ways:

  • I explore how individual, relational, community, social, and cultural factors increase and/or counteract risk for psychosocial problems in the course of development.
  • My work is based on the assumption that individuals’ competencies and strengths are fundamental in both understanding and intervening with psychosocial difficulties. This emphasis is consistent with the emerging field of Positive Psychology, which investigates aspects of positive mental health and flourishing.


PSYC 120: Quantitative Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 210: Principles of Abnormal Behavior
PSYC 250-L: Research Design and Analysis Lab
PSYC 265: Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 365: Directed Research in Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 403 & 473: Directed Individual Study