Tara Murphy

Dr Tara Murphy is a Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2003 in neuropsychology and intervention services. In 2012, Dr Murphy co-established and continues to develop and lead the Psychological Medicine Team in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Dr Murphy has expertise in providing and supervising neuropsychological assessment of children with a range of acquired brain injury and neurodevelopmental conditions. Dr Murphy has also been involved in leading research on quality of life, educational interventions, neuropsychological assessment and psychological treatments for children with neurological disorders such as neurovascular disease and demylineating disorders. 

Dr Murphy believes in the importance of supporting families, teachers and other important people in the system on how to understand a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and mental health. The benefit of a detailed assessment to inform intervention and to provide people with a framework to understand the problems a child may experience is essential in a positive outcome for the individual. She has been instrumental in the management of the newly developed Intervention Service here at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Dr Murphy has co-authored the European guidelines for assessment and psychological interventions for children with Tourette syndrome and was a member of a committee commissioned by the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to develop guidelines on Tourette syndrome. 

Dr Murphy has special interest in teaching, delivering and supervising behavioural therapy and group therapy to children with chronic tic disorders and Tourette syndrome. She works closely with charitable organisations such as Tourette Action and is an active member of the European Society for the study of Tourette syndrome. Dr Murphy teaches nationally and internationally on neuropsychological assessment.


BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsy, QiCN

Research Interests

Current research interests include the development of group psychoeducational and behavioural treatment in children with Tourette syndrome. Dr Murphy has also published studies evaluating psychoeducational intervention. She has carried out research on assessment and intervention for children with childhood stroke.


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