Christopher Murray

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  • Title: Professor & Associate Dean for Faculty Development;
  • Additional Title: Director, Center on Human Development
  • Phone: 541-346-1445
  • Office: 351 Clinical Services Bldg
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


Prior to receiving his doctorate, Christopher Murray worked as a special education teacher in an urban middle school setting and in a high school for Native American students. His first position as a faculty member was at DePaul University in Chicago where he worked for 8 years prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oregon. While in Chicago, Chris worked with over 70 different Chicago public schools as part of the Corey H. settlement agreement. This work included working directly with teachers and administrators to improve special education service delivery models, primarily on the south and west sides of Chicago. Since joining the UO faculty, he continues his work with schools through research-practice partnerships.

Over his career, Professor Murray has received approximately $22 million in external funding as a PI or Co-PI from a variety of federal agencies including the Office of Special Education Programs, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Office of Postsecondary Education, the Institute of Educational Sciences, and the Administration for Community Living. This funding has supported 18 doctoral trainees, 25 preservice master’s students, and his research, which focuses on teacher-student relationships and transition to adulthood among students with disabilities. He currently serves as a Professor of Special Education, Director of the Center on Human Development, and Associate Dean in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.


Ph.D., 1998, University of Washington
Majors: Special Education
M.Ed., 1992, Howard University
Majors: Special Education
B.A., 1989, University of Maryland
Majors: Political Science and Psychology

Honors and Awards

1/2014 American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) Annual Research Award, First Place. The Effects of Working at Gaining Employment Skills on the Social and Vocational Skills of Adolescents with Disabilities: A School-Based Intervention.”

10/ 2014 National Rehabilitation Association Editor’s Choice Award. The Effects of Working at Gaining
Employment Skills on the Social and Vocational Skills of Adolescents With Disabilities: A School-Based Intervention,” published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.   

10/2015 Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, Academic Affairs, University of Oregon.


Publications * = student author

Murray, C., Kosty, D., Doren, B., Gau, J. & Seeley, J. (in press). Patterns and predictors of post-high-school engagement among youth with high-incidence disabilities: A longitudinal person-centered analysis. Developmental Psychology.

*Bromley, K. W., Murray, C., *Rochelle, J., & Lombardi, A. (in press). Social support among college students with disabilities: A descriptive analysis. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice.

Knowles, C. L., Murray, C., Gau, J., & Toste, J. R. (2020). Teacher-student working alliance among students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 38, 753-761.

*Pham, Y. K., & Murray, C. (2019). Career locus of control and career and school adjustment of adolescents with and without disabilities. Journal of Career Development, 46, 502-515.

*Pham, Y. K., Murray, C. & Good, R. H. (2018). Grades, behavior and engagement of adolescents with disabilities: An examination of social relationships among students, parents, and teachers. School Community Journal, 28, 47-62.

*Sinclair, J., *Hansen, S., Machalicek, W., *Knowles, C., *Hirano, K. A., *Dolata, J., *Blakely, A., Seeley, J. R., & Murray, C. (2018). A 16-year review of participant diversity in intervention research across a selection of 12 special education journals. Exceptional Children, 84, 312-329.

Pham, Y.K., & Murray, C. (2016). Social relationships among adolescents with disabilities: Unique and cumulative associations with adjustment. Exceptional Children, 82, 234-250.

Murray, C., *Kosty, D., & *Hauser-McLean, K.  (2016). Social support and attachment to teachers: Relative importance and specificity among low-income children and youth of color. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34, 119-135.

Murray, C., Lombardi, A., & *Kosty, D. (2014). Profiling adjustment among postsecondary students with disabilities: A person-centered approach. Diversity in Higher Education, 7, 31-44.

Murray C. & Zvoch, K. (2011). The Inventory of Teacher-Student Relationships: Factor structure, reliability, and validity among African American youth in low-income urban schools. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31, 493-525.


My research focuses on understanding factors and processes associated with positive adjustment and outcomes among students with disabilities who are exposed to high levels of stress. I am particularly interested in implementing and evaluating school-based programs and practices that enhance social supports and social relationships in the lives of students with disabilities from low-income backgrounds.