Robert P. Murray, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of School Psychology
PPS School Psychology Program Director
PPS School Counseling/School Psychology Dual Program Co-Director
North Fresno Center
559-453-3416
robert.murray@fresno.edu

Education

Ed.D., School Violence Prevention Emphasis, University of California, Davis/California State University Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (JDPEL), May 2001
M.S., Counseling, California State University, Long Beach, January 1974
B.A., Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, August 1970

Share why you teach at FPU

My experience as an educator is greatly shaped by my roots in counseling and psychology. The blend of these two related disciplines forms a unique perspective of the relationship between learner and teacher. This view tells me that there must be a close relationship between teacher and learner. I want learners to trust that the path I take them down is one that will ultimately lead them to a higher level of enrichment and fulfillment. In order to do this, I support Rogers' view related to the almost symbiotic relationship that must be caste between teacher and learner. The teacher's role is... "to get within and to live the attitudes expressed instead of observing them, to catch every nuance of their changing nature" (Rogers, Carl. Client-Centered Therapy. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1951, p.29).

Professional Affiliations

  • Central Valley Autism Society, board consultant, 2008 to present
  • California Directors of School Psychology Programs, member, 2004 to present
  • California Association of School Psychologists, member, 1979 to present
  • Central Valley Chapter, California Association for Leadership in Student Assistance Programs, board member, 1990 to 1994
  • Central San Joaquin Chapter, California Association of School Psychologists, secretary, 1988-89

Publications and Presentations

Publications:

  • "School Violence and Teachers' Perception of Social System Characteristics Within High School Settings Of Different Size," doctoral dissertation, April 2001
  • Student Assistance Program, 1990-91 Impact Report, May 1991
  • "Relationship Between Personal and Educational Problems Students Discuss and the Counselor's Level of Facilitative Functioning," master's thesis, January 1974

Presentations:

  • "School Crisis Intervention-System and Community-Wide Coping Strategies," presented at the California Advisory Council Regional Conference, February 2006
  • "School Violence Prevention," presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 2005
  • "School Violence Attributes," poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, August 2004
  • "School Psychologist as Leader," a workshop presentation at the Annual Conference of the California School Psychologists, March 2003
  • "School Violence," paper presentation at the Annual Conference of the California School Psychologists, March 2002
    "Suicide Intervention," a two-day training workshop presented to students, teachers and parents, Friant, Calif., October 2001
  • "School Violence and Teachers' Perception of Social System Characteristics Within High School Settings Of Different Size," dissertation presented at CSUF Research Symposium, April 20, 2001
  • "School Violence," UCERC/JDPEL Colloquium presentation, May 11, 2000
  • "An Introduction to SAP Core," presented a half-day workshop to the staff at Tarpey Elementary School, Clovis, CA, November 1999
  • "Identification of 'At Risk' Adolescents," presented as part of the Clovis Unified School District staff in-service model, September 1995
  • "Research in Student Assistance," presented at the Annual Conference of California Association of School Psychologists, March 1994
  • "Building Foundations of Support," keynote address presented at the CUSD sponsored Student Assistance Program Conference, October 1992