Karla Klein Murdock

Karla Klein Murdock, Ph.D.
Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Science

Washington and Lee University

Curriculum Vitae

My research addresses how stressful experiences can influence the development of psychosocial problems. In recent years, my labs have investigated stressors that may surround the complicated phenomenon of cellphone use. The Technology and Health Lab examines how specific patterns of cellphone use, such as compulsive cellphone use and co-rumination via cellphone, are associated with sleep quality, burnout, and psychological functioning. The Cognition in Context Lab, which I supervise collaboratively with Professor Wythe Whiting, studies the effects of cellphone-related auditory distractions on cognitive performance and physiological activation.

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

  • In addition to exploring risk factors for 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.

My website displays information about the Technology and Health Lab  and its Current Studies and Findings as well as my collaborative lab with Dr. Wythe Whiting, the Cognition in Context Lab, along with its Current Studies and Findings. Information regarding my recent graduates and alumni can also be found on my website.