Kathleen M. Murphy is a principal researcher in the Workforce program area at AIR. She directs business development related to adults with disabilities at AIR, in her role as lead of AIR's work on individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Murphy is principal investigator for AIR’s Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). In this capacity, she and her AIR colleagues organize a broad set of training , dissemination and technical assistance activities to support the knowledge translation needs of all NIDILRR grantees including an annual online knowledge translation conference open to the public. She also directs a research portfolio of surveys and training related to cancer and employment in collaboration with the Southwest Americans with Disabilities Act (SWADA) Center. She was vice president of NARRTC (formerly known as the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers) from 2016-2017 and currently serves on its Executive Committee.
Dr. Murphy has been an assistant research professor at Baylor University and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book reviews, written several technical reports, and served as a peer reviewer for a variety of journals and grant competitions. Dr. Murphy was an I.I.E. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and a Rotary International Scholar at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.
Frentzel, E., Geyman, Z., Nye, C., Rasmussen, J., Lapina Salazar, A., Murphy, K.M., & Scalia, E. (2021.) Pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities: A scoping review. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 54(2):103-116.
Fong, C.J., Taylor, J., Berdyyeva, A., McClelland, A., Murphy, K.M., & Westbrook, J.D. (2021). Interventions for improving employment outcomes for persons with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review update. Campbell Systematic Reviews.
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Theology, Graduate Theological Union-Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; B.A., History and Literature, Harvard University