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Research Interests

I engage in transdisciplinary, collaborative research that focuses on two broad areas: simulation-based education for health and social care; arts-based interventions for public health. I work with colleagues from a broad range of subject areas including experimental medicine, medical education, nursing, public health, sociology and social work. The shared focus is on developing new methods from the creative interaction between diverse disciplines with the common goal of understanding and improving healthcare and wellbeing in local, national and international contexts.  


In 2017 I received a a Queen's University Teaching Award in the Team category for interdisciplinary education with colleagues in Medicine and Social Work. In 2012 I was honoured to receive a Queen's University Teaching Award in the Student Nominated category.


I served as Secretary General of the International Federation for Theatre Research 2011-2016. I served as President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research 2008-2011.

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Projects 2015 2018

Research Output 2003 2019

Theatre & Class

Murphy, P., 2019, (Accepted) Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
Medical Students
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Words Matter: towards a new lexicon for 'nontechnical skills' training

Murphy, P., Gormley, G. & Nestel, D., 27 Apr 2019, In : Advances in Simulation. 4, 8, 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
education curriculum
technical language

Actup – an interdisciplinary approach to preparing senior paediatric trainees for challenging clinical scenario

McNaughten, B., Sweeney, R., Murphy, P., Storey, L., Bourke, T. & Thompson, A., 2018, In : Archives of Disease in Childhood. 103, G169(P).

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

Drama, 1900-1950

Murphy, P., 2018, A History of Irish Working-Class Writing. Pierse, M. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 271-288

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Queen's University Teaching Award - Excellence in Teaching in a Team

Paul Murphy (Recipient), Gavin Davidson (Recipient), Joseph Duffy (Recipient), Lorna Montgomery (Recipient), Gerard Gormley (Recipient) & Ian Walsh (Recipient), 20 Jun 2017

Prize: Other distinction

university teaching
social work
role play

Queen's University Teaching Award - Student-Nominated Category

Paul Murphy (Recipient), 02 Jul 2012

Prize: Other distinction

university teaching

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Paul Murphy (Recipient), 21 Dec 2017

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2008 2019

Playing for Real: towards higher fidelity simulation in preparation for practice learning

Paul Murphy (Invited speaker)
06 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Creative Accounting: The Challenges of Measuring Impact of Arts Interventions on Societal Change

Paul Murphy (Organiser)
12 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

How to Build a Human Being

Paul Murphy (Invited speaker)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

SESAM annual Scientific meeting

Gerard Gormley (Participant), Paul Murphy (Organiser), Linda Ni Chianain (Organiser), Debra Nestel (Organiser)
13 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

SESAM annual Scientific meeting

Paul Murphy (Organiser), Gerard Gormley (Organiser), Valerie Fulmer (Organiser), Dena Higbee (Organiser)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Advances in Simulation – Words Matter

Paul Murphy, Victoria Brazil & Pamela Andreatta


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant), Paul Murphy (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact