Karla Klein Murdock


Karla Klein Murdock, Ph.D.
David G. Elmes Professor of Psychology
Chair, Department of Psychology

Washington and Lee University
Parmly Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8248

Curriculum Vitae

My research addresses how stressful experiences can influence the emergence of problems in psychological functioning during the course of development. I am particularly interested in the interplay between mental and physical health. My research has examined stressors related to chronic illnesses and socioeconomic disadvantage, as well as normative developmental stressors associated with technology use in adolescence. My current research examines how adolescents’ and emerging adults’ cellphone use habits are associated with their sleep quality and psychological well-being.

The developmental psychopathology theoretical framework guides my work in two important ways:

  • In addition to exploring risk factors for psychosocial and health problems in the course of development, I examine factors that counteract such risk.
  • My work is based on assumption that individuals’ competencies and strengths are fundamental in understanding and intervening on compromises in health and mental health.