Dr Joseph Murray

Joseph Murray

University position

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and Senior Research Associate


Department of Psychiatry



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Research Theme

Developmental Neuroscience


I research the development of conduct problems, crime and violence through the life course. I have investigated the childhood origins of antisocial behaviour in several large, longitudinal studies in Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland and the US. Until 2010, I worked at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, where I conducted extensive research on the effects of parental imprisonment on children’s development. From 2011-2015 I will investigate biological, psychological and social influences on antisocial behaviour in two birth cohort studies in Brazil (the 1982 and 1993 Pelotas Birth Cohort Studies) and one in Britain (ALSPAC), funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge. Previous awards include a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-09), the Nigel Walker Prize (Cambridge University, 2007), and the Distinguished Young Scholar Award (American Society of Criminology, Division of Corrections and Sentencing, 2008).

Research Focus


conduct problems



cross-national studies

longitudinal studies

Clinical conditions

Childhood disorders

Conduct Disorder



Cross-sectional and cohort studies



Manuel Eisner

David Farrington

Peter Jones

United Kingdom

ALSPAC, Bristol Web: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/

Barbara Maughan Web: http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/


Centre for Epidemiological Research, Pelotas, Brazil Web: http://www.epidemio-ufpel.org.br/

Associated News Items



    Besemer S, Murray J (2015), “Prison as an Environmental Pathogen” In M. DeLisi & M. G. Vaughn (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology 622-635

    Besemer S, Murray J (2015), “ Incarceration and the development of delinquency” Oxford Handbook of Externalizing Spectrum Disorders: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective

    GBD 2013 DALYs and HALE Collaborators (2015), “Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for 306 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 188 countries, 1990–2013: quantifying the epidemiological transition” Lancet 10009: 2145-2191

    GBD 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators (2015), “Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.” Lancet 385(9963):117-71 Details

    Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 Collaborators (2015), “Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013” Lancet 9995: 743-800

    Higginson, Angela Benier, Kathryn Ham Shenderovich, Yulia Bedford, Laura Mazerolle, Lorraine Murray, Joseph (2015), “Preventive Interventions to Reduce Youth Gang Violence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review” Campbell Reviews 18: 1-176

    Matijasevich A, Murray J, Cooper PJ, Anselmi L, Barros AJ, Barros FC, Santos IS (2015), “Trajectories of maternal depression and offspring psychopathology at 6 years: 2004 Pelotas cohort study.” J Affect Disord 174:424-31 Details

    Murray J, Menezes AM, Hickman M, Maughan B, Gallo EA, Matijasevich A, Gonçalves H, Anselmi L, Assunção MC, Barros FC, Victora CG (2015), “Childhood behaviour problems predict crime and violence in late adolescence: Brazilian and British birth cohort studies.” Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 50(4):579-89 Details


    Farrington, D. P., & Murray, J. (2014), “Empirical tests of labeling theory in criminology” In D. P. Farrington & J. Murray (Eds.) Labeling theory: Empirical tests (Advances in criminological theory, Volume 18), New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction. 1-9

    Farrington, D. P., & Murray, J. (Eds.) (2014), “Labeling theory: Empirical tests (Advances in criminological theory, Volume 18)” . New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

    Murray J, Maughan B, Menezes AM, Hickman M, MacLeod J, Matijasevich A, Gonçalves H, Anselmi L, Gallo EA, Barros FC (2014), “Perinatal and sociodemographic factors at birth predicting conduct problems and violence to age 18 years: comparison of Brazilian and British birth cohorts.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry Details

    Murray, J., Bijleveld, C.C.J.H., Farrington, D.P., & Loeber, R. (2014), “Effects of Parental Imprisonment on Children: Cross-national Comparative Studies.” Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Murray, J., Blokland, A., Theobald, D., & Farrington, D. P. (2014), “Long-term effects of conviction and incarceration on men in the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development.” In D. P. Farrington & J. Murray (Eds.), Labeling theory: Empirical tests (Advances in criminological theory Volume 18). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction. pp. 209-235


    Menezes, A. M. B., Murray, J., László, M., Wehrmeister, F. C., Hallal, P. C., Gonçalves, H., Assunção, M.C.F., Menezes, C. B., Barros, F. C. (2013), “Happiness and Depression in Adolescence after Maternal Smoking during Pregnancy: Birth Cohort Study. ” PLoS ONE 8(11): e80370

    Murray J, Anselmi L, Gallo EA, Fleitlich-Bilyk B, Bordin IA (2013), “Epidemiology of childhood conduct problems in Brazil: systematic review and meta-analysis.” Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 48(10):1527-38 Details

    Murray J, Cerqueira DR, Kahn T (2013), “Crime and violence in Brazil: Systematic review of time trends, prevalence rates and risk factors.” Aggress Violent Behav 18(5):471-483 Details


    Anselmi L, Menezes AM, Hallal PC, Wehrmeister F, Gonçalves H, Barros FC, Murray J, Rohde LA (2012), “Socioeconomic changes and adolescent psychopathology in a brazilian birth cohort study.” J Adolesc Health 51(6 Suppl):S5-S10 Details

    Jolliffe D, Murray J (2012), “Lack of Empathy and Offending: Implications for Tomorrow's Research and Practice” In R. Loeber & B. C. Welsh (Eds.), The Future of Criminology. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. pp. 62-69

    Jolliffe D, Murray J, Farrington D, Vannick C (2012), “Testing the Cambridge quality checklists on a review of disrupted families and crime.” Crim Behav Ment Health 22(5):303-14 Details

    Murray J, Farrington DP, Sekol I (2012), “Children's antisocial behavior, mental health, drug use, and educational performance after parental incarceration: A systematic review and meta-analysis” Psychological Bulletin 138(2): 175-210 PDF

    Murray J, Loeber R, Pardini D (2012), “Parental involvement in the criminal justice system and the development of youth theft, depression, marijuana use, and poor academic performance” Criminology 50(1): 255-302

    van de Rakt M, Murray J, Nieuwbeerta P (2012), “The long-term effects of paternal imprisonment on criminal trajectories of children” J Res Crime Delinq 49(1), 81-108


    Besemer S, Geest V, Murray J, Bijleveld CCHJ, Farrington DP (2011), “The relationship between parental imprisonment and offspring offending in England and the Netherlands” Brit J Crim 51(2)413-37

    Curto BM, Paula CS, do Nascimento R, Murray J, Bordin IA (2011), “Environmental factors associated with adolescent antisocial behavior in a poor urban community in Brazil” Soc Psych Psych Epid 46(12): 1221-1231


    Murray J (2010), “Longitudinal Research on the Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children” In: Eddy MJ, Poehlmann J, (Eds.) Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners. Washington, DC: Urban Institute (pp. 55-73)

    Murray J, Farrington DP (2010), “Risk factors for conduct disorder and delinquency: key findings from longitudinal studies.” Can J Psychiatry 55(10):633-42 Details

    Murray J, Irving B, Farrington DP, Colman I, Bloxsom CA (2010), “Very early predictors of conduct problems and crime: results from a national cohort study.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 51(11):1198-207 Details

    Murray J, Murray L (2010), “Parental incarceration, attachment and child psychopathology.” Attach Hum Dev 12(4):289-309 Details


    Colman I, Murray J, Abbott RA, Maughan B, Kuh D, Croudace TJ, Jones PB (2009), “Outcomes of conduct problems in adolescence: 40 year follow-up of national cohort.” BMJ 338:a2981 Details

    Eisner M, Murray J, Ribeaud D, Topcuoglu T, Kazemian L, Besemer S (2009), “The Event History Calendar as an instrument for longitudinal criminological research” Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform (Journal of Criminology and Penal Reform) 92(2/3):137-159.

    Farrington DP, Coid JW, Murray J (2009), “Family factors in the intergenerational transmission of offending.” Crim Behav Ment Health 19(2):109-24 Details

    Murray J, Farrington DP, Eisner MP (2009), “Drawing conclusions about causes from systematic reviews of risk factors: The Cambridge Quality Checklists” Journal of Experimental Criminology 5(1):1-23

    Murray J, Farrington DP, Sekol I, Olsen RF (2009), “Effects of parental imprisonment on child antisocial behaviour and mental health: a systematic review” Campbell Systematic Reviews 2009:4 PDF


    Murray J, Farrington DP (2008), “Parental imprisonment: long-lasting effects on boys' internalizing problems through the life course.” Dev Psychopathol 20(1):273-90 Details

    Murray J, Farrington, DP (2008), “The effects of parental imprisonment on children” Crime and Justice: A Review of Research 37:133-206 PDF


    Murray J (2007), “The cycle of punishment: Social exclusion of prisoners and their children” Criminology and Criminal Justice 7(1):55-81

    Murray J, Cheliotis LK, Maruna S (2007), “Social Factors and Crime” In Parker M (Ed.) Dynamic Security: The Democratic Therapeutic Community in Prison. London: Jessica Kingsley (pp. 23-36)

    Murray J, Janson, C-J, Farrington DP (2007), “Crime in adult offspring of prisoners: A cross-national comparison of two longitudinal samples” Crim Justice Behav 34(1):133–149.


    Murray J, Farrington DP (2006), “Evidence-based programs for children of prisoners” Criminology and Public Policy 5(4):721-735


    Murray J, Farrington DP (2005), “Parental imprisonment: effects on boys' antisocial behaviour and delinquency through the life-course.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 46(12):1269-78 Details

    Murray, J (2005), “The effects of imprisonment on families and children of prisoners.” In Liebling, A & Maruna, S (Eds) The effects of imprisonment. Cullompton, England: Willan (pp. 442-492) PDF


    Murray L, Woolgar M, Murray J, Cooper P (2003), “Self-exclusion from health care in women at high risk for post-partum depression” J Public Health Med 25(2):131-137