Associate Professor
Cross Appointment: Social Work, Psychology departments


BIOGRAPHY

Mary Ann Murphy, Ph.D. (Health and Social Policy) holds a Cross-appointment on Aging between the School of Social Work and the Department of Sociology within the Irving K.Barber School of Arts and Science.

She successfully chaired the School of Social Work on its first full accreditation; assisted in developing aspects of the then Child Welfare Specialization; and created the first undergraduate social work Aging Specialization in Canada. Over time, she has also created novel curriculum for the School in the areas of social welfare law; comparative social/family policy; introduction to social work; and in aging practice and policy.

Her practice background includes experience as a juvenile probation officer; social planning and research consultant for a variety of firms including Price Waterhouse; and, as a strategic planner for both the Ontario government and a 500 bed chronic care hospital. She also has senior level policy experience, having worked as a project manager for an Assistant Deputy Minister and as one of two staff to a 13 member committee of Ontario deputy ministers developing an anti-poverty agenda for the province.

Dr. Murphy is highly engaged with her local community on numerous aspects of policy and practice, both as a researcher and as a volunteer. Her teaching is strongly based on connecting the praxis of excellence in education with community needs and realities. To achieve this, she actively involves community in curriculum development and classroom delivery in ‘knowledge exchange’ based on principles of mutual respect, co-learning, and sustainability.


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • Ph.D.       Health and Social Policy                                Heller School – Brandeis University                 1996
  • M.S.W.    Social Work Administration                            University of Calgary                                         1981
  • B.S.W.     Clinical and Community Development          University of Calgary                                         1978
  • B.A.         General                                                          University of Alberta                                          1975

AWARDS

2016        UBC Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award

2014-15  Thank-A-Prof Award – UBC Okanagan Campus

2012       “I am ACCESSIBLE” Award – Disability Resource Center, UBC Okanagan Campus

2009       UBC President’s Award for Public Education through Media

1992-95  Health and Welfare Canada Doctoral Fellowship

1980       Graduate Research Award – University of Calgary

RESEARCH AND TEACHING
  • Aging / Gerontological Social Work
  • Intergenerational Relationships
  • Policy and Practice Issues Affecting and Older Population
  • Constitutional Litigation & Social Policy
  • Seniors’ Housing
  • Visual Sociology

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Murphy, M.A., Wariach, C., & Loring, S. (2016). “Intergenerational Responses to the “Age of Love”: A Narrative Analysis.”

Andersen, E., Jones, G., Murphy, M.A. (2015-16). “Investigating the Case for a Dementia-Friendly District of Sicamous.”

Murphy, M.A. (2013-2016). “An Evaluation of St-age-ing Matters: The process and Outcomes of Developing Elder Actors to Address Social Inclusion.”

Murphy, M.A. (2010-2016). “The Intergenerational Classroom as a Vehicle to Reduce Social Distance and Promote Social Innovation: Integrating Research, Teaching & Undergraduate Learning.”

PUBLICATIONS

Rush, K., Murphy, M.A., & Kozak, J. (2012). A photovoice study of older adults’ conceptualizations of risk. Journal of Aging Studies, 26(4), 448-458.

Sookraj, D., Hutchinson, P., Evans, M., & Murphy, M.A. (2010).  Aboriginal organizational response to the need for culturally appropriate services inthree Canadian cities. Journal of Social Work, 1-22.

Murphy, M.A., & Rota, C. (2008, June). Literature review on transitions in caregiving. Published paper sponsored by the G3: Gender, Geography and Gerontology: Building Research Capacity to Improve Health. Co-Sponsored by Women’s Health Research Network (WHRN), BC Network of Aging Research (BCNAR), BC Rural and Remote Health Research Network, UBCO and IHA.

Murphy, M.A., Teixeira, C., Sookraj, D., & Stanbury, J. (2007-08). Report of the Public Survey: District of Peachland Seniors’ Housing Needs and Marketplace Analysis.

Gripton, J., Nutter, R., Irving, A, & Murphy, M.A. (1996). A state-of-the-art review of social work research in Canada. Major professional sectoral study sponsored by SSHRC. Ottawa: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Francis  J, & Murphy, M.A. (Research Director). (1995).  Writing on the wall: Mayor’s Task Force on youth issues, Report initiated by Jim Stuart, then Mayor of the City of Kelowna, reporting to City Council .


SELECT PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

1) Murphy, M.A. (Upcoming March 3-6, 2016). “Use of Live Actors to Evaluate Interprofessional Geriatric Assessment Skills in Graduate Education.” [Workshop Session]. To be presented at the 42nd Association for Gerontology in Higher Education: Longbeach, CA.

2) Murphy, M.A., Wariach, C., & Loring, S. (November 18-22, 2015). “Intergenerational Responses to the Documentary theAge of Love: A Narrative Analysis.” Presented at the Gerontological Society of America 68th Annual Scientific Meeting – Optimal Aging Through Research: Orlando, FL.

3) Murphy, M.A., & Sookraj, D. (October 15-18, 2015). “Developments in Aging and Gerontological Social Work in Canada”. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting: Denver, CO.

4) Sookraj, D., Chau, S. & Murphy, M.A. (July 9-12, 2014). “Improving the Global Agenda: Use of the Internet to Facilitate Information Sharing, Networking and Collaboration.” Presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Melbourne, Australia.

5) Murphy, M.A. (November 20-24, 2013). “ST-AGE-ING Matters: The Process and Outcomes of Developing an Elder Actors Troupe to Address Social Inclusion”. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting – Optimal Aging Through Research: New Orleans, LS.

6) Murphy, M.A. (June 23-27, 2013). “ST-AGE-ING Matters: Training Elder Actors to Address Social Inclusion.” Paper presented at the International Association for Gerontology & Geriatrics – 20th World Congress: Digital Ageing – New Horizon for Health Care and Active Aging: Seoul, South Korea.

7) Murphy, M.A. (November 14-18, 2012). “Right Under Our Noses: Why One New Frontier On Aging Should Be A Post-Secondary Intergenerational Classroom”. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting – Charting New Frontiers in Aging: San Diego, CA.

8) Murphy, M.A. (February 23-26, 2012).”Recruiting Older Adult Students to Strengthen Gerontology and Geriatrics in Post-Secondary Education.” Accepted for presentation at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s 38th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Arlington, VA. Declined presentation due to illness.


SELECT MEDIA CITATIONS

  1. Matthews, Lisa. (December 2015). Phone Interview: Seniors, wisdom, and the digital divide. CBC Cross-Country Check-Up.
  2. MSN.com (MSN News). (2015, November 8). UBC Okanagan prof invites seniors to audit her global aging course. MSN. http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/ubc-okanagan-prof-invites-seniors-to-audit-her-global-aging-course/ar-CC6EUT
  3. CBC News – BC. (2015, November 8). UBC Okanagan prof invites seniors to audit her global aging course. CBC News. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-okanagan-prof-invites-seniors-to-audit-her-global-aging-course-1.3309467
  4. Yahoo.ca. (2015, November 8). UBC Okanagan prof invites seniors to audit her global aging course. Yahoo News! https://ca.news.yahoo.com/ubc-okanagan-prof-invites-seniors-170000165.html
  5. Zandbergen, Rebecca. (2015, November 4). The ‘intergenerational classroom’ at UBC’s Okanagan campus. CBC Radio West.
  6. Seymour, R. (2015, September 29). New stats show seniors are No.1. Kelowna Daily Courier. http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_6957456e-6724-11e5-bad5-830865de1ce5.html
  7. Brotherton, D. (2014, June 5). Friends make you healthier: Social isolation just as dangerous as smoking. Westside Weekly.
  8. Brotherton, D. (2014, June 5). Thanks a million for network’s volunteers: Westside Health Network helps seniors stay at home. Westside Weekly.
  9. Plant, D. (2013, October 7). Anyone can join [in honor of UN Older Persons Day). Kelowna Daily Courier.
  10. Castanet Staff & UBC Okanagan Media Relations. (2013, December 11). Korean war veterans share experiences with UBC students. Castanet.net http://www.castanet.net/news/Campus-Life/104535/
  11. Thompson, Rosemary. (2013). UBC’s next “Big Thing” feature Dr. Mary Ann Murphy. UBC & Shaw Television.
  12. KelownaNow.com. (2013, January 23). Embracing 50 and learning from youth and seniors. Beyond50 for KelownaNow.com https://www.kelownanow.com/columns/Connecting_the_Dots/news/Beyond_50/13/01/23/Embracing_50_And_Learning_From_Youth_and_Seniors/
  13. Dunagan, J. (2012, October 27). Memories of the ‘50s by ones who were there. Okanagan Saturday – Kelowna Daily Courier.
  14. Goldhawk, D. (2012, September 24). 75% of adult children in GTA still living at home. AM 740 ZOOMER Radio – Toronto.
  15. Kennedy, M., & Sinoski, K. (2012, September 20). Canada’s new modern family: Census data finds a growing number of same-sex marriages, adult children at home. Vancouver Sun, Canada.com http://www.canada.com/life/Canadas+modern+family/7270666/story.html
  16. McDivitt, Barry. (2012, September 19). Stats Can Census Data Release: Families. On-camera interview with CHBC Global Okanagan TV.
  17. Turner, Geoffrey. (2012, September 19). Stats Canada Census Release: Families and households. CBC BC Almanac / Early Edition.
  18. Johnson, Phil. (2012, September 19). Stats Canada Census Release: Changing landscape of families, households, and marital status. AM 1150 – Astral Media.
  19. Sinoski, K. (2012, September 19). Census finds spike in single-parent families, same-sex and common-law unions (with video). Vancouver Sun. http://www2.canada.com/news/national/census+stephen+harper+more+consider+than+traditional+nuclear/7267255/story.html?id=7265442
  20. Bosevold, S. (2012, September 19). The rise of the single dad and 10 other takeaways from the Census’ family andhouseholds figures. National Post. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/19/the-rise-of-the-single-dad-and-10-other-takeaways-from-the-census-family-and-households-figures/
  21. Campion-Smith, B. (2012, September 19). Canadian families growing more diverse, census data shows. Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2012/09/20/canadian_families_growing_more_diverse_census_data_shows.html
  22. Sinoski, K. (2012, September 19). Census finds young adults choose to stay at home with parents: Convenience, financeskeep 20-somethings from going it alone. Vancouver Sun. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/Census+finds+young+adults+choose+stay+home+with+parents/7269268/story.html
  23. Pigg, S. (2012, September 19). Census data shows more young adults opting to live with mom and dad in 905 regions. Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2012/09/19/census_data_shows_more_young_adults_opting_to_live_with_mom_and_dad_in_905_regions.html
  24. Pearce, T. (2012, September 19). New family structures elbowing their way into collective portrait. The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-family-structures-elbowing-their-way-into-collective-portrait/article4556027/
  25. Raj, Althia. (2012, September 19). Same sex marriage Canada Census 2011: Census shows new picture of couples’ unions. Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/19/canada-marriage-census-2011_n_1896155.html
  26. Walker, Chris. (2012, September 12). UBC Okanagan seeks seniors for intergenerational class. CBC South Daybreak Radio. http://www.cbc.ca/daybreaksouth/2012/09/12/ubc-okanagan-seeks-seniors-for-intergenerational-class/
  27. Weiss, S., & Roberts, J. (2012, May 24). A piazza of learning for young and Oold – “Not Young, Not Old” written column and on-air segment for CBC Radio One & Almanac in Victoria and Vancouver, based on UBC intergenerational course Sociology 280.
  28. Plant, Don. (2012, April 24). Phone interview: Health care and residential and assisted living sector issues and costs. Kelowna Daily Courier.

RECENT INVITED PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

Murphy, M.A. (November 4, 2015). “Age-Friendly Banking & Seniors Policy Priority Issues.” Presented to East Kootenay Credit Union. Cranbrook, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (October 6 & 7, 2015). “Top 10 Federal Election Issues for Seniors.” Presented to Interior Savings Credit Union – Membership Outreach Event. Kelowna & Kamloops, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (April 1, 2015). “Lead the Way with Fresh Ideas About Getting Older.” Presented to Interior Savings Credit Union Corporate Leadership Conference. Kelowna, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (March 18, 2015). “The Significance of Social Networks for Newcomers: Impacts of Health, Health Behaviors, and Social Support.” Presented at the Kelowna Newcomers Club. Kelowna, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (February 23, 2015). “Elder Suicide: Risks, Signs, Prevention/Resources.” Presented at Heritage Retirement for the “Walk-n-Talk” Program – UBC Southern Medical Program. West Kelowna, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (December 4, 2014). “New Developments in Assistive Technology for Seniors’ Supportive Housing.” Presented at the Peachland Seniors’ Housing Committee Meeting with BC Housing, and Mayor C. Fortin. Peachland, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (November 20, 2014). “Healthy Aging.” Presented at Heritage Retirement for the “Walk-n-Talk” Program – UBC Southern Medical Program. West Kelowna, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (October 23, 2014). “Secrets of Longevity: How to Live to be 100.” Presented at Heritage Retirement for the “Walk-n-Talk” Program – UBC Southern Medical Program. West Kelowna, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (October 10, 2014). “Suicide and Older Adults: Risks, Signs, Resources/Prevention.” Presented at the SLR Society for Retirement. Kelowna, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (May 28, 2014). “Why Seniors Need to Social Network.” Presented at Westside Health Network Community Society AGM. Kelowna, BC.

Murphy, M.A. (October 16, 2013). “Translating Research on Social Networks: The Importance of Connecting.” Kelowna Newcomers Club.

Murphy, M.A. (October 1, 2013). “International Award Winning Volunteer Ideas: Recruitment, Retention and Supportive Policies.” Kelowna Community Resources. For agencies including: The Kelowna Foodbank, Gospel Mission, Terry Fox Run, Lake Country Arts Council, Peachland Wellness Center, Helping Hands etc. (Contact: Dawn Wilkinson, Community Services Manager, KCR).

Murphy, M.A. (June 12, 2013). “BC Pensioners and Seniors Organizations (BCOAPO) AGM Keynote Address.” Princeton, BC. Attendance: 150.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

    • Board Member, Society for Learning in Retirement. (2005–)
    • Co-founder & Policy/Advocacy Committee, Canadian Association of Retired Persons – Okanagan Chapter (2009–)
    • First Link Program Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Society of BC (2009-2012)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, Gerontological Society of America and Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Former Member, National Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work
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