Christine Murray, Ph.D., LCMHC & LMFT (NC), LPC & LMFT (PA), has over two decades of experience working in the mental health field. Christine is passionate about promoting mental health and healthy relationships, as well as developing supportive resources for people who have faced unsafe, abusive relationships. This passion fuels her research, writing, consulting, public speaking, and community advocacy.
Christine directs the Healthy Relationships Initiative, a grant-funded initiative with a mission of promoting happy, healthy, and safe relationships of all kinds and preventing the negative consequences of relationship distress. She is also the Co-Founder, with Allison Crowe, of See the Triumph, a social media campaign to end the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence and offer supportive resources for survivors of past abuse. Most recently, Christine is the Founder of The Source for Survivors, an online resource to support survivors in the journey of recovering from past abuse and help community support resources become more survivor-centered.
Since 2005, Christine has been working at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She served as the Director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as has been a Professor in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development.
Christine received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at Duke University.
Christine is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina. She has provided counseling in a variety of settings, including an adult outpatient department in a community mental health agency, a school for at-risk adolescents, a children’s outpatient mental health treatment department, a juvenile delinquency diversion program, and churches. Across all of these settings, she worked frequently with clients impacted by various forms of family violence, including current and past intimate partner violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse, and emotional and verbal abuse.
Christine's primary research interest relates to the bridging gaps between research, policy, and practice in the areas of mental health, healthy relationships, and domestic violence and other forms of abuse.
The full-text of many of her publications can be found through NC DOCKS. Christine is the lead author on six books, including Sexuality Counseling: Theory, Research, and Practice, Responding to Family Violence, Overcoming the Stigma of Intimate Partner Abuse, Triumph Over Abuse, and The Verbal Abuse Recovery Workbook.