Dr. Amy R. Murrell
Psychologist, Researcher, Author
Amy R. Murrell earned a B.A. and a M.S. in General Psychology from the University of Memphis. She then obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2005 after completing internship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. From 2005 until December of 2019, she worked at the University of North Texas, earning tenure in 2011. She has recently decided to focus more on clinical practice. Dr. Murrell is a licensed psychologist with health service provision status in Tennessee (#3629) and Texas (#37456), and she is a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (#56465).
Dr. Murrell has specific expertise in functional contextualism and treatments that are consistent with that philosophy. Functional contextual treatments are practical and concerned with predicting and influencing behavior, so that contexts may be shifted in ways that positively influence people’s lives. It is important to Dr. Murrell to do research that influences clinical work, and to conduct clinical work that impacts science.
Dr. Murrell has been developing, conducting, and researching acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), specifically, since 2000. ACT practitioners work under the assumption that suffering is either caused by, or made worse by, normal processes of language and thinking. Therefore, ACT work is not about removing abnormal behavior. Instead it is focused on living a meaningful life. While she works a good deal with youth and parents, Dr. Murrell is comfortable seeing patients ages 3 and up. Dr. Murrell has worked with most clinical presenting problems, including anxiety and mood disorders psychotic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma disorders, and others in forensic, inpatient, outpatient, neuropsychologists’ offices, hospital, and school settings.
If you were to have a psychotherapy session with Dr. Murrell, you should expect compassion and empowerment. You will be treated as if you are the expert on your life. Therefore, sessions will be active and require responsibility on your part. Dr. Murrell will be highly committed to being of service to you. She will treat you as if you are whole and wholly capable of having an extraordinary life, even in moments of pain.
Dr. Murrell is a peer-reviewed ACT Trainer and a Fellow of ACBS, the professional organization that is the academic home of ACT. She has authored approximately 35 publications on ACT specifically, including four books for the public: The Joy of Parenting (Coyne & Murrell, published by New Harbinger in 2009) and I See Me: More Than One Tree, Becca Epps Learns to BE, and Hugging the Hard Stuff (Murrell, illustrated by Londoño-Connally, published in 2018 and 2019 and 2019, respectively, by Shawnee Scientific Press); she has given over 130 peer-reviewed presentations on the topics of functional contextual treatments and related theories and applications. She is available for clinical consultation and workshops as well as supervision and treatment.