Bianca Cody Murphy

Professor of Psychology, Emerita
Coordinator, Wheaton/Royal Thimphu College Partnership Program


M.P.A., Harvard University
Ed.D., Boston University
M.Ed., Northeastern University
B.A., Marymount Manhattan College


Main Interests

In addition to teaching at Wheaton, I am a licensed psychologist and have a clinical practice with Newton Psychotherapy Associates. I have conducted numerous workshops and training programs for mental health professionals around the country, most recently about how to make schools safe for lgbt youth. I am also interested in women’s studies, peace psychology, and how public policy issues affect people’s health and well-being. I am interested in cross cultural psychology.  I was the first resident director of the Wheaton College/ Royal Thimphu College Partnership Program.  Eight students and I spend the Fall of 2010 at RTC in Bhutan.  See our blog: In Spring of 2007, I was a faculty member on Semester at Sea.  We went around the world. I believe that travel and cross-cultural experiences provide amazing learning opportunities for students and faculty alike.

Other Interests

I work for social change through my service in professional organizations. Among many other roles within the American Psychological Association (APA) I have been Chair of the Committee on Women in Psychology (1993-1996) and Chair of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (1998-2001). The Board “encourages the generation and application of psychological knowledge on issues important to human well being”. It emphasizes “those aspects of psychology that involve solutions to the fundamental problems of human justice and that promote equitable and just treatment of all segments of society”. I am the past President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).


Articles and chapters

Boston Women’s Peace Research Group (S. Brooks, S. Conn, P. Ellis, S. Mack, B. C. Murphy, J. Surrey) (1992). Women and peacemaking: The relational context. In S. Staub and P. Green (Eds.), Psychology and social responsibility: Facing global challenges (pp. 271-289). New York: New York University.

Bowen, Deborah J; Bradford, Judy B; Powers, Diane; McMorrow, Pam; Linde, Rhonda; Murphy, Bianca Cody; Han, Jiyun; Ellis, James.(2004). Comparing women of differing sexual orientations using population-based sampling. Women & Health. 40(3), 19-34.

Ellis, P., Greenberg, S., Murphy, B.C., and Reusser, J.W. (1992). Environmentally contaminated families: Therapeutic considerations. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 62, 44-54.

Reprinted in B.B. Gould and D.H. DeMuth(Eds) (1994), The global family therapist: Integrating the personal, professional, and political (pp. 69-82). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Ellis, P. and Murphy, B.C. (1994). The impact of misogyny and homophobia in therapy with women. In M. Mirkin (Ed.), Women in context: Toward a feminist reconstruction of psychotherapy with women (pp 48-73). New York: Guilford.

James, S. and Murphy, B.C. (1998). Gay and lesbian relationships in a changing social context. In C. Patterson and A. D’Augelli (Eds.), Lesbian, gay and bisexual identities in families: Psychological perspectives (pp. 99-121) NY: Oxford University Press.

Mio, J. S., Koss, M.P., Harway, M., O’Neil, J.M., Geffner. R., Murphy, B.C., and Ivey, D.C. (2003) Violence against women: A silent pandemic. In J.S. Mio and G. Y. Iwamasa (Eds.) Culturally diverse mental health: The challenges of research and resistance (pp.269-287). NY: Bruner Routledge

Murphy, B.C. (1982) Intergenerational contact and the impact of parental attitudes on lesbian and married couples: A comparison study. Dissertation Abstracts International. University Microfilms, No 83-09, 732.

Murphy, B.C. (1989). Lesbian couples and their parents. Journal of Counseling and Development, 68, 46-51.

Murphy, B.C. (1991). Educating mental health professionals about gay and lesbian issues. Journal of Homosexuality, 22 (3/4), 229-246.

Murphy, B.C. (1991) Researching attitudes toward lesbian women. Research Reports: Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, 10 (2), 2-4.

Murphy, B.C. (1992). Counseling lesbian couples: Sexism, heterosexism, and homophobia. In S.H. Dworkin and F.J. Gutierrez (Eds.), Counseling gay men and lesbians: Journey to the end of the rainbow (pp. 63-79). Alexandria, VA: AACD Press.

Murphy, B.C. (1994). Difference and diversity: Gay and lesbian couples. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 1(2), 5-31.

Murphy, B.C. (1996). Once in not enough. In R. Rasi and L. Rodriguez-Nogues (Eds.), Out in the workplace (pp.67-84). Boston: Alyson.

Murphy, B. C. (1997). Gay and lesbian couples. In M. Duberman (Ed.) A queer world: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies reader (pp345-357). NY: New York University.

Murphy, B. C. (2002). Anti-gay/lesbian violence in the United States. In D. Christie, R. Wagner and D. DuNann Winter (Eds.) Peace conflict and violence: Peace psychology and social justice perspectives. NY: Prentice-Hall.

Murphy, B.C., Ellis, P. and Greenberg, S. (1990). Atomic veterans and their families: Responses to radiation exposure. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 60, 418-427.

Murphy, B.C. and Polyson, J.A. (1991). Peace, war, and nuclear issues in the psychology classroom. Teaching of Psychology, 18, 153-157.

Murphy, B.C. and Reusser, J.W. (1992). Family therapy, systems thinking, and nuclear issues. In S. Staub and P. Green (Eds.), Psychology social responsibility: Facing global challenges (pp. 182-200). New York: New York University.

Reusser, J. and Murphy, B.C. (1990). Family therapy in the nuclear age: From clinical to global. In M. Mirkin (Ed.), The social and political contexts of family therapy (pp. 395-407). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Roth, S., and Murphy, B.C. (1986). Therapeutic work with lesbian clients: A systemic therapy view. In M. Ault-Riche (Ed.), Women and family therapy (pp. 78-89). Rockville, MD: Aspen.

Weinreb, M. and Murphy, B.C. (1988). The birth mother: A feminist perspective for the helping professional, Women & Therapy 7(1), 23-36.


Murphy, B.C., & Dillon, C. (2015). Interviewing in action in a multicultural world (5th edition).  Pacific Grove, CA: Cengage.


Campion, J., Murphy, B.C. B. Wisch (Producers), K. Waugh (Director). Kaufman, N and Lipman, M (Executive Producers). (1995) Embracing our sexuality. Distributed by New Day Films, 22D Hollywood Avenue, Hohokus, NJ 07423

Murphy, B.C., Dillon, C. and Kaufman, N. (2008) Interviewing in action video: Relationship process and change . Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole

Other publications

Murphy, B.C. (2005, Fall) Making schools safe. Wheaton Quarterly, pp.18-21.

Teaching Interests

Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Senior Seminar, Psychology of Women, The Psychology of Happiness: Positive Psychology, Practicum in Health and Human Services

Student Projects

Sarah Collins (2012) Generational Differences in Bhutan: A Study of Three Generations of Women. Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah.

Howell, Mary (2012)  Transgendered Women. Wheaton College Honors Thesis

Harshbarger, Heather (2005). Break the silence: A review of the psychological literature on self-mutilation. Wheaton College Honors Thesis

Jocey Townsend, Aria Grillo and Laura Steele Wheaton Research Partnership Developed web and video resources for the American Psychological Association’s CODAPAR Curriculum on Intimate Partner Violence. Available at:

Allison Karpeichik (2000) Art therapy: The relationship between theoretical orientation, techniques and interpretation. Wheaton College Honors Thesis

Sarah Lee Holden (1997) The portrayal of older women in introductory psychology textbooks: A pictorial analysis. Wheaton College Honors Thesis

Booke Hinkson (1993). Women’s anxiety toward pelvic examinations. Wheaton College Honors Thesis

Kimberly Gatto (1990) Predictors of safe sex behavioral intent among college students. Wheaton College Honors Thesis

Research Interests

My research has focused in two areas: clinical issues with gay and lesbian couples and the effects of exposure to environmental toxins on atomic veterans and their families. I am also interested in cross-cultural and multicultural issues in clinical work.