Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.
Betts Chair of Education and Human Development; Professor of Human & Organizational Development
Overview of Interests
Dr. Murry has conducted research on rural African American parents and youth for over 15 years and identified proximal, malleable protective factors that deter youth risk engagement. Findings from these empirical studies informed the development of a curriculum, the Strong African American Families Program, designed to enhance parenting and family processes that encourage youth to delay age of sexual onset and the initiation and escalation of alcohol and drug use.