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Institute of Health Sciences Education - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Esther Murray, CPsychol

Reader in Health Psychology



Esther teaches health psychology on the MBBS and Certificate in Clinical Foundation Studies at QM, and is lead for the iBSc in Medical Education. She also teaches research methods in medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  She is co-lead for Problem Based Learning in the medical school, along with her colleague Dr Nandini Hayes. She is an experienced Senior Tutor and MedPro Supervisor.

Esther has been a health psychologist for 15 years and lead an MSc Health Psychology and was co-director of a Doctorate in Health Psychology at London Metropolitan University from 2007 to 2015. She is on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors with the British Psychological Society. Prior to working in academia she worked in cardiac care both in service improvement and psychological interventions for patients.  Her early research was in chronic pain and its effect on doctor-patient communication. Esther has previous experience in psychological intervention in cardiac care and training NHS staff in communication skills.

Her current interest is in moral injury and  the psychological wellbeing of healthcare professionals.  She regularly speaks at national and international conferences and delivers workshops on these topics.

Listen to Dr Murray discuss her work on Moral Injury in Emergency and Pre-hospital Care here.


Co-Lead for PBL on MBBS

iBSc Medical Education Course Lead,

TBTL Module lead,

Research Methods in Clinical Education Module Lead,

Practical Skills for Professionals 2 Module Lead,

Human Sciences & Public Health Module Co-lead.  

Intercalated BSc Medical Education – course director


Theory Behind Teaching and Learning – module lead (iBSc Medical Education)


Issues in Medical Education Research – contributor (iBSc Medical Education


IHS7013 Research Methods in Clinical Education – module lead


MED3007 Practical Skills for Professionals 2 – module lead


Student Selected Component 2 – Behaviour Change Skills for Doctors - lead


Student Selected Component 4 – Student led extended dissertation - supervisor


PBL Tutor – various modules throughout the academic year


Communication Skills Facilitator – years 1-5 MBBS


MSc Physician Associate Studies – 2 lectures per year – health promotion and critical appraisal


iBSc Pre-hospital Care – 2 lectures per year – moral injury and psychological wellbeing for students in pre-hospital care.


Senior Tutor


Medpro Tutor


iBSc Medical Education dissertation supervisor, MA Education for Clinical Contexts dissertation supervisor



Keely Kaluza-Smith – PhD  candidate - From foundation to foundation – the journey and transition of Middle Eastern women through Western medical school – start date 2022. First internal supervisor.


Research Interests:

Esther was the first researcher in the UK to explore the concept of moral injury in medicine, and since being invited to present on the topic of Moral Injury at the Institute of Pre-hospital Care Performance Psychology Symposium in June 2017, Esther has been invited to present at national and international conferences for both healthcare professionals, educators and students. Esther also delivers training on the topic to London Ambulance Service’s Advanced Paramedic Practitioners, the Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers of the Metropolitan Police and is a regular contributor to London HEMS Clinical Governance Days.

Esther has recorded podcasts for WEM, St Emlyns, The College of Paramedics and for the London Advanced Paramedics and East of England Ambulance Service, she also delivers wellbeing workshops at the Royal London Hospital for staff in theatres and at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Intensive Care Society.


Murray E, Kaufman KR, Williams R ( 2021 ) . Let us do better: learning lessons for recovery of healthcare professionals during and after COVID-19 . BJPsych Open vol. 7 , ( 5 )


Mackenzie J, Murray E ( 2021 ) . Socially Constructing Healthy Eating: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of Healthy Eating Information and Advice . Qual Health Res vol. 31 , ( 11 ) 2135 - 2146 .


Murray E, Brown J ( 2021 ) . The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Healthcare Practitioners Research and Practice . John Wiley & Sons

Walton M, Murray E, Christian MD ( 2020 ) . Mental health care for medical staff and affiliated healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic . Eur Heart J Acute Cardiovasc Care vol. 9 , ( 3 ) 241 - 247 .


Williams R, Murray E, Neal A, Kemp V ( 2020 ) . THE TOP TEN MESSAGES FOR SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE STAFF DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC . Royal College of Psychiatrists


Murray E ( 2019 ) . Moral injury and paramedic practice . Journal of Paramedic Practice: the clinical monthly for emergency care professionals vol. 11 , ( 10 ) 424 - 425 .


Constance J, Lusher J, MURRAY EL ( 2019 ) . The Use of Smokeless Tobacco Among UK South Asian Communities . MOJ Addiction Medicine and Therapy vol. 6 , ( 1 )

Murray E, Krahé C, Goodsman D ( 2018 ) . Are medical students in prehospital care at risk of moral injury? . Emerg Med J vol. 35 , ( 10 ) 590 - 594 .


MURRAY EL, Lusher J ( 2018 ) . Contested Pain: Managing the Invisible Symptom . International Journal of Global Health vol. 1 , ( 2 )


MURRAY EL, Gidwani S ( 2018 ) . Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Emergency Medicine Residents: A Role for Moral Injury? . Annals of Emergency Medicine vol. 72 , ( 3 ) 322 - 323 .


CUSHING AM, MURRAY EL, Packham S ( 2018 ) . Importance, Intentions and Behaviour: Predictors of exploring the patient's perspective .

MURRAY EL, Lusher J ( 2018 ) . Leaps, Jumps and Hoops: from evaluating cardiac rehabilitation interventions to identifying causal factors underlying substance dependency . SAGE

Mackenzie J, Murray E, Lusher J ( 2018 ) . Women's experiences of pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain: A systematic review . Midwifery vol. 56 , Article C , 102 - 111 .


Lusher J, MURRAY EL, Chapman-Jones D ( 2017 ) . Changing the way we think about wounds: A challenge for 21st century medical practice . International Wound Journal


Murray E, Kutzer Y, Lusher J ( 2016 ) . Dentists’ experiences of dentally anxious patients in a specialist setting: An interpretative phenomenological analysis . Journal of Health Psychology135910531666665 - 135910531666665 .



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