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Dr Elizabeth Murray is Associate Professor in the School of Education. She is Lead Researcher for Positive Living Skills Australia, Co-Lead of Charles Sturt University's Wellbeing and Mental Health Research Group, and Co-Lead of Charles Sturt University's Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Research Group. Associate Professor Murray is also Academic Program Lead for two large projects: The Grow Your Own Teacher Training program, and the Collaborative Teacher's Aide Pathway program. 

Associate Professor Murray has taught on the Dubbo campus since 2008. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees through CSU, and taught in primary schools in Central West New South Wales. Associate Professor Murray teaches a range of subjects both on campus and via distance to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research interests include examining children's social and emotional adjustment to kindergarten, transition to and readiness for formal schooling, child stress and anxiety, the teacher-child relationship, parent-teacher relationships, and quality teaching and learning environments. Dr Murray is interested in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and in particular, working with children to examine issues of concern for them as they make the transition to formal schooling. She has recently undertaken analyses using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to examine academic and social trajectories for young children prior to school, and issues surrounding parent-teacher communication and parent involvement, and in other research, uses in-depth analyses of children's drawings to examine their relationship with teachers across the first year of school. Associate Professor Murray's latest research examines the wellbeing of teacher support staff who are retraining to become teachers. 

Research Interests

Dr Murray's major areas of interest include:

  • Wellbeing and mental health in children and adults
  • Social and emotional development of children
  • Transition and adjustment to formal schooling
  • School readiness
  • Parent-teacher relationships
  • Child stress and anxiety
  • Child coping
  • Quality Teaching and Quality Learning Environments


  • Pedagogy in Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Educational Research
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Relationships in Early Childhood

Professional Information

Current membership in professional associations:

  • CSU Excellence in Research in Early Years Education Collaborative Research Network (CRN)
  • Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE)
  • Australian Research Alliance for Young Children and Youth (ARACY)
  • Investigating Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care (IQECEC) Research Group CSU
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Educational Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, Children’s Perspectives on the First Year of School: Adjusting to the Personal, Interpersonal and Institutional Aspects of School, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 01 May 2008

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Hons Class 1), Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 01 May 2003


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