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Dr Paula Murphy
Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Paula Murphy

Dr Paula Murphy

Dr Paula Murphy started as a visiting consultant for Priory in 2018. Currently, she is based at Lifeworks, Old Woking.


Dr Murphy qualified as a doctor in 2001. She trained at the University of Aberdeen Medical School where she obtained a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery. She started her training in psychiatry in 2005 (Royal Free rotation, London) and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2009. She undertook specialist training in Forensic Psychiatry (Maudsley Rotation, London) between 2009-2012. Dr Murphy has worked as a Consultant since 2012 and also acts as an expert witness to the courts.

Dr Murphy holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Services Management at the London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed a scholarship with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2014/15 and is an elected executive board member of the Forensic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Research interests 

  • Dr Murphy’s interests include clinical leadership and management. She was a ‘Prepare to Lead’ candidate in 2010/11, a scheme aimed at preparing doctors for leadership roles.
  • She has publications in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • CCT Specialist Register in Forensic Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Diploma in Public health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • MSc Master’s degree in Public Health/Health Services Management, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

I have extensive clinical experience of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and neurotic/stress-related and behavioural disorders. I believe in a holistic approach, offering individualised treatment in a range of modalities, based on the most up to date evidence-based literature and guidelines.   

I pride myself in being approachable and making people feel at ease, especially given the highly sensitive and personal nature of psychiatric consultations.

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