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Dr Sam Murphy

Dr Sam Murphy

The Open University, Department of Health and Social Care

Professional biography

Sam is the Associate Head of School, Health, Social Care and Social Work at The Open University. 

She is a medical sociologist who specialises in death, dying and bereavement, plus memory and how it makes us who we are is another area in which Sam is interested and, as such, she has taught undergraduates around dementia and the loss of self.

Specifically Sam worked on a second-year undergraduate module at The Open University which was called Dementia care. This 30 credit module aimed to introduce students to issues around caring for people with dementia which included the impact on their identity, as well as those around them, providing good, safe and effective care, as well as the issues that might come up around decision-making, specifically ethical decision making particularly around the end of life. 

On a personal note, Sam's mother died in 2017 having had dementia for several years. She had spent the final four years of life living in a residential care home so my theoretical knowledge is now underpinned by the practical experience of having a close relative live with and then die with dementia.

Academic advisor for: Dementiaville, Protecting Our Parents

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Dr Sam Murphy's Research & Publications

Samantha Louise Murphy and Joanne Cacciatore (2017-06) The psychological, social, and economic impact of stillbirth on families, In Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 3(22)

Sandra Maria Sieminski, Julie Messenger and Samantha Louise Murphy (2016-06-03) Case study: what supports students to improve their grades?, In Open Learning 2(31)

Professor Bart Rienties et al. (2016-01-19) Analytics4Action Evaluation Framework: A Review of Evidence-Based Learning Analytics Interventions at the Open University UK, In Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME) 1

Victoria Louise Newton and Samantha Louise Murphy (2015) Women's experiences of termination for fetal abnormality in a United Kingdom hospital setting: a systematic review protocol, In JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 9(13), Joanna Briggs Institue

Samantha Louise Murphy (2015) Who shouts the loudest? The demographics of research into child bereavement, In Death, Dying and Disposal 12

Samantha Louise Murphy and Kerry Jones (2014-09) By the way knowledge: grandparents, stillbirth and neonatal death, In Human Fertility 3(17)

Samantha Louise Murphy (2014) The Good Stillbirth, In Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2014

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