Dr Dean Murphy

Research Fellow
PhD
Centre for Social Research in Health

Contact

9385 6946
Room 304, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Studies in Human Society, Other Studies in Human Society

Dean is an early career researcher, with experience in research on sexuality, kinship, masculinity, stigma, and the social aspects of biomedical technologies for the prevention of HIV.

Dean is recognised internationally as an expert in research and policy on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. He is also a lead investigator on a clinical research project, the Victorian Pre-Exposure Demonstration Project (VicPrEP Study), and he coordinates the social and behavioural component of this study, which includes both a quantitative and qualitative arm. VicPrEP is investigating the acceptability, impact and feasibility of offering pre-exposure prophylaxis to people at high risk of HIV infection, and was the first study undertaken in Australia. He is also an investigator on a similar project, PRELUDE, which recently commenced in New South Wales.

This recent work has included research on high-risk drinking among young Australians, in particular investigating masculinity in relation to alcohol use. He has also worked on a number of projects on sexuality, HIV and other blood-borne viruses, biomedical technologies, stigma, and sexual pedagogies. Notably, he was the principal investigator on the Priorities in Prevention Study, a study of attitudes among HIV service providers and policy makers to new biomedical technologies. Murphy was also a chief investigator on the PrEPARE Project, which is a repeat cross-sectional survey of knowledge and attitudes among gay men to biomedical technologies and medicine. He has authored a number of publications from this project – on antiretroval therapy, rectal microbicides, and pre-exposure prophylaxis, including changes over time.

Dean's PhD thesis, which was undertaken in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW, received the Dean’s Research Award in the category of best unpublished manuscript by an early career researcher or higher degree completer in 2014, and is forthcoming as a book in July 2015, published by UNSW Press. The book and thesis explored issues of kinship, sexuality and masculinity among gay men pursuing parenthood through surrogacy.

Research

Current areas of research:

  • Attitudes to biomedical HIV prevention technologies
  • HIV-related stigma
  • Uses of chat sites and smartphone apps to meet sex partners
  • HIV genotyping and phylogenetic analysis
  • Kinship practices among gay men who have become parents through surrogacy
  • HIV health promotion and evaluation
  • Sex, HIV phylogenetic analysis and kinship among HIV-positive gay men

Publications

    Books

    • Murphy DA, 2015, Gay Men Pursuing Parenthood Via Surrogacy: Reconfiguring kinship, NewSouth Publishing, Kensington, NSW

    Book Chapters

    • De Wit JB F;Murphy DA;Adam PC G;Donohoe S, 2012, 'Strange bedfellows: HIV-related stigma among gay men in Australia', in Stigma, Discrimination and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp. 289 - 308, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6324-1_17
    • de Wit J;Ellard JM;Murphy D;Zablotska I;Kippax SC, 2009, 'Sexual practices, serostatus disclosure and relationships: Life and law among gay men', in Cameron S; Rule J (ed.), The criminalisation of HIV transmission in Australia: Legality, morality and reality, edn. 1st, National Association of People living with HIV/AIDS, Sydney, pp. 100 - 107

    Journal articles

    • Lal L;Audsley J;Murphy DA;Fairley CK;Stoove M;Roth N;Moore R;Tee BK;Puratmaja N;Anderson PL;Leslie D;Grant RM;De Wit J;Wright E;El-Hayek C;Petoumenos K;Grulich A;Zablotska I;Crowe S;Batrouney C;Holt M;Rosengarten M;Armishaw J;Pierce A;Russell D;Allan B;Duncan A;Giles M;Aguirre I;Read T;Willcox J, 2017, 'Medication adherence, condom use and sexually transmitted infections in Australian preexposure prophylaxis users', AIDS, vol. 31, pp. 1709 - 1714, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000001519
    • Murphy DA;Wilson JC;Moore D, 2017, 'Playing hard: Young men’s experiences of drinking in inner-city Melbourne', Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, pp. 398 - 412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783316654223
    • Race K;Lea T;Murphy D;Pienaar K, 2017, 'The future of drugs: Recreational drug use and sexual health among gay and other men who have sex with men', Sexual Health, vol. 14, pp. 42 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH16080
    • Holt M;Lea T;Schmidt HM;Kolstee J;Ellard J;Murphy D;Truong HH;de Wit J, 2017, 'Willingness to use and have sex with men taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): Results of online surveys of Australian gay and bisexual men, 2011-2015', Sexually Transmitted Infections, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2016-052774
    • Murphy DA;Hart A;Moore D, 2017, 'Shouting and providing: Forms of exchange in the drinking accounts of young Australians', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 36, pp. 442 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12444
    • Vaccher S;Grulich A;McAllister J;Templeton DJ;Bloch M;McNulty A;Holden J;Poynten IM;Prestage G;Zablotska I;Carr A;Cheung C;Foster R;Gianacas C;Guy R;Holt M;Kaldor J;Mackie B;Mayer K;Murphy D;Ooi C;Pell C;Poynten M;Ryder N;De Wit J;Wright E, 2016, 'Protocol for an open-label, single-arm trial of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among people at high risk of HIV infection: the NSW Demonstration Project PRELUDE', BMJ Open, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012179
    • Holt M;Lea T;Kippax S;Kolstee J;Ellard J;Velecky M;Murphy D;De Wit J, 2016, 'Awareness and knowledge of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among Australian gay and bisexual men: results of a national, online survey', Sexual Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH15243
    • Prestage G;Zablotska I;Bavinton B;Grulich A;Keen P;Murphy D;Brown G;Bradley J;Holt M;Guy R, 2016, 'Previous and future use of HIV self-testing: A survey of Australian gay and bisexual men', Sexual Health, vol. 13, pp. 55 - 62, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH15099
    • Holt M;Lea T;Schmidt HM;Murphy D;Rosengarten M;Crawford D;Ellard J;Kolstee J;de Wit J, 2016, 'Increasing Belief in the Effectiveness of HIV Treatment as Prevention: Results of Repeated, National Surveys of Australian Gay and Bisexual Men, 2013–15', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 20, pp. 1564 - 1571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-016-1306-0
    • Lee E;Murphy D;Mao L;de Wit J;Prestage G;Zablotska I;Holt M, 2016, 'Social and Behavioural Correlates of HIV Testing Among Australian Gay and Bisexual Men in Regular Relationships', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 20, pp. 1295 - 1301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-015-1167-y
    • Murphy DA;De Wit JB F;Donohoe S;Adam PC G, 2015, 'The need to know: HIV status disclosure expectations and practices among non-HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in Australia', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 27, pp. 90 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2015.1062077
    • Seear K;Fraser S;Moore D;Murphy D, 2015, 'Understanding and responding to anabolic steroid injecting and hepatitis C risk in Australia: A research agenda', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 22, pp. 449 - 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2015.1061975
    • Brener L;Murphy DA;Cama EJ;Ellard J, 2015, 'Hepatitis C risk factors, attitudes and knowledge among HIV-positive, HIV-negative and HIV-untested gay and bisexual men in Australia', Sexual Health, vol. 12, pp. 411 - 417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH14239
    • Murphy DA, 2015, 'Processing, selecting and ritualizing: Ambivalent relationships to semen', Reproductive BioMedicine Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2015.01.014
    • Murphy DA;Lea T;de Wit JB F;Ellard J;Kippax SC;Rosengarten M;Holt M, 2015, 'Interest in using rectal microbicides among Australian gay men is associated with perceived HIV vulnerability and engaging in condomless sex with casual partners: results from a national survey', Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 91, pp. 266 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2014-051694
    • Holt M;Lea T;Murphy D;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax S;De Wit J, 2014, 'Willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis has declined among Australian gay and bisexual men: Results from repeated national surveys, 2011-2013', Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, vol. 67, pp. 222 - 226
    • Holt M;Lea T;Murphy DA;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax SC;De Wit JB F, 2014, 'Australian gay and bisexual men's Attitudes to HIV treatment as prevention in repeated, National surveys, 2011-2013', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0112349
    • Murphy DA, 2014, 'Gay men's relationships and kinship', HIV Australia, vol. 12, pp. 12 - 15, http://www.afao.org.au/library/hiv-australia/volume-13/vol.-12-number-1/gay-mens-relationships-and-kinship#.U7ZGfJSSx8E
    • Murphy DA, 2014, 'Our Team: A new relationship resource for gay men', HIV Australia, vol. 12, pp. 9, http://www.afao.org.au/library/hiv-australia/volume-13/vol.-12-number-1/our-team-a-new-relationship-resource-for-gay-men#.U7ZGHpSSx8E
    • Brener L;Ellard J;Murphy D;Callander D, 2013, 'Perceptions and deflections: Associations between attitudes towards people with hepatitis C and testing for hepatitis C among Australian gay and bisexual men', Sexual Health, vol. 10, pp. 268 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH12179
    • Murphy DA, 2013, 'The Desire for Parenthood: Gay Men Choosing to Become Parents Through Surrogacy', Journal of Family Issues, vol. 34, pp. 1104 - 1124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0192513X13484272
    • Holt M;Murphy D;Callander D;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax S;De Wit J, 2013, 'HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men's attitudes to medicines, HIV treatments and antiretroviral-based prevention', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 17, pp. 2156 - 2161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-012-0313-z
    • Holt M;Murphy DA;Callander D;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax SC;De Wit JB F, 2012, 'Willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and the likelihood of decreased condom use are both associated with unprotected anal intercourse and the perceived likelihood of becoming HIV positive a', Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 88, pp. 258 - 263, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2011-050312
    • McInnes D;Murphy D, 2011, 'Knowledge distribution and power relations in HIV-related education and prevention for gay men: An application of Bernstein to Australian community-based pedagogical devices', Sex Education, vol. 11, pp. 61 - 76, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2011.538149
    • Adam PC G;Murphy DA;De Wit JB F, 2011, 'When do online sexual fantasies become reality? The contribution of erotic chatting via the Internet to sexual risk-taking in gay and other men who have sex with men', Health Education Research, vol. 26, pp. 506 - 515, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/her/cyq085
    • Murphy DA, 2011, 'PrEParing the way', HIV Australia, vol. 9, pp. 9 - 11, http://www.afao.org.au/library/hiv-australia/volume-9/number-3/biomedical-prevention-overview
    • Murphy DA, 2010, 'Antiretroviral (ARV)-based prevention', HIV Australia, vol. 8, pp. 8 - 9, 45
    • Slavin S;Batrouney C;Murphy D, 2007, 'Fear appeals and treatment side-effects: An effective combination for HIV prevention?', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 19, pp. 130 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540120600866473
    • van de Ven P;Murphy D;Hull P;Prestage G;Batrouney C;Kippax S, 2004, 'Risk management and harm reduction among gay men in Sydney', Critical Public Health, vol. 14, pp. 361 - 376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581590400027486
    • Van De Ven P;Kippax S;Crawford J;Rawstorne P;Prestage G;Grulich A;Murphy D, 2002, 'In a minority of gay men, sexual risk practice indicates strategic positioning for perceived risk reduction rather than unbridled sex', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 14, pp. 471 - 480, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540120220133008
    • Van de Ven P;Bartholow B;Rawstorne P;Crawford J;Kippax S;Grulich A;Prestage G;Woodhouse M;Murphy D, 2002, 'Scaling HIV vaccine attitudes among Gay men in Sydney, Australia', AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, vol. 18, pp. 1333 - 1337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/088922202320935401

    Conference Papers

    • Ellard J;Murphy DA;valentine K, 2011, '"If there was no criminalisation, I would love to see the HIV family tree”: Exploring HIV phylogenetic analysis, 'ambivalence' and criminalisation', in "If there was no criminalisation, I would love to see the HIV family tree”: Exploring HIV phylogenetic analysis, 'ambivalence' and criminalisation, 1st International HIV Social Science and Humanities Conference, Durban, South Africa, presented at 1st International HIV Social Science and Humanities Conference, Durban, South Africa, 11 - 13 June 2011

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    Reports

    • Adam PC;Schippers M;Schmidt H;Modderman K;Slattery C;Estoesta J;Murray C;Hearnshaw G;Murphy D;de Wit J, 2017, It’s Your Love Life: a new periodic survey on sexual health among young people in NSW, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5971450a427b9
    • Lea T;Murphy D;Rosengarten M;Kippax S;De Wit J;Schmidt HM;Velecky M;Ellard J;Crawford D;Kolstee J;Holt M, 2015, Gay men's attitudes to biomedical HIV prevention: Key findings from the PrEPARE Project 2015, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney, https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/CSRHFile/Key_Findings__PrEPARE_Project_2015.pdf
    • Seear K;Murphy DA;Fraser, S ;Moore, D, 2015, Understanding and responding to the rise of steroid injecting in Australia
    • Bradley JE;Prestage GP;Bavinton BR;Holt M;Murphy DA;Guy RJ;Keen PM;Zablotska IB;Brown GT;Honnor G;Batrouney C, 2013, The TAXI KAB Study (Thinking About eXposure to Infection: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs) Study Report 2012, The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, http://www.kirby.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/hiv/attachment/The%20TAXI-KAB%20REPORT%202013.pdf
    • Fogarty A;Mao L;Zablotska Manos I;Santana HR;Prestage G;Rule J;Canavan P;Murphy D;McGuigan D, 2006, The Health in Men and Positive Health cohorts: A comparison of trends in the health and sexual behaviour of HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men, 2002-2005, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sydney, The Health in Men and Positive Health cohorts: A comparison of trends in the health and sexual behaviour of HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men, 2002-2005
    • Murphy DA;Rawstorne PR;Holt M;Ryan D, 2004, Cruising and connecting online: The use of internet chat sites by gay men in Sydney and Melbourne, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sydney, Cruising and connecting online: The use of internet chat sites by gay men in Sydney and Melbourne
    • Holt M;Jin F;Grulich AE;Murphy DA;Smith GP, 2004, Syphilis, STIs and men who have sex with men in Sydney: Understanding and managing risk in context, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sydney, Syphilis, STIs and men who have sex with men in Sydney: Understanding and managing risk in context
    • Murphy DA;Ellard JM;Newman CE, 2003, Serodiscordance in regular relationships, Issues Paper No. 2, National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of NSW, Serodiscordance in regular relationships
    • Mao L;Van De Ven PG;Prestage G;Jin F;Grulich AE;Crawford J;Kippax SC;Murphy D;Allan B, 2002, Health in Men. Baseline data, National centre in HIV Social Research, UNSW, Sydney, Health in Men. Baseline data

    Conference Posters

    • Murphy DA;Rosengarten M, 2015, 'PrEP and the new negativity: Experiences of disclosure and sex among participants in the qualitative arm of the VicPrEP study', in PrEP and the new negativity: Experiences of disclosure and sex among participants in the qualitative arm of the VicPrEP study, Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, Brisbane, presented at Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, Brisbane, 16 - 18 September 2015
    • Murphy DA;de Wit JB F;Holt M;Callander D;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax SC, 2012, 'Previous use of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis is associated with planned sex among HIV-negative gay men: findings from the PrEPARE project', in Previous use of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis is associated with planned sex among HIV-negative gay men: findings from the PrEPARE project, XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington, USA, presented at XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington, USA, 22 - 27 July 2012, http://pag.aids2012.org/abstracts.aspx?aid=15093

    Conference Presentations

    • Holt M;Lea T;Kippax S;Schmidt HM;Kolstee J;Murphy D;De Wit J, 2016, 'Willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis or have sex with someone using it: results of repeated national, online surveys', presented at Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, Adelaide, 16 - 18 November 2016
    • Murphy DA, 2016, 'Having an effect: Exploring understandings of effectiveness in demonstration projects of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis', presented at Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis & Related Diseases, Sydney, 31 March - 01 April 2016
    • Murphy DA;Rosengarten M, 2016, 'New thinking about HIV-negative identity: Experiences of participants in the qualitative arm of the VicPrEP study', presented at Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis & Related Diseases, Sydney, 31 March - 01 April 2016
    • Murphy DA, 2015, 'Open effects: Exploring understandings of effectiveness in demonstration projects of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis', presented at Situating Efficacy: Biomedicine, Interdisciplinarity, and the Politics of Intervention, Hermance, Switzerland, 16 - 17 February 2015
    • Murphy DA;de wit JB F;Lal L;Audsley J;Roth N;Moore R;Tee BK;Read T;Wright E, 2015, 'Pills, pleasure and privacy: Early experiences of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis among men in the VicPrEP study', presented at Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, Brisbane, 16 - 18 September 2015
    • Murphy DA, 2015, 'Enhancement and intimacy: Towards a new understanding of gay men’s drug use', presented at Third Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 16 - 18 September 2015, http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/pdf/conferences/cdp_2015_program_and_abstracts.pdf
    • Holt M;Lea T;Murphy D;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax S;De Wit J, 2014, 'Gay men’s attitudes to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention: results from the PrEPARE Project, 2011-13', presented at National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference, Sydney, 07 - 10 April 2014
    • Murphy DA, 2013, 'HIV Testing: Using Probes to Redesign Services', presented at 2nd International Social Science and Humanities Conference on HIV, Paris, France, 07 - 10 July 2013, http://www.asshhconference.org/images/ASSHH_2013_Programme.pdf
    • Murphy DA, 2013, 'The multiplicity of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)', presented at 2nd International Social Science and Humanities Conference on HIV, Paris, France, 07 - 10 July 2013, http://www.asshhconference.org/images/ASSHH_2013_Programme.pdf
    • Holt M;Lea T;Murphy D;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax S;De Wit J, 2013, 'Willingness to use HIV pre–exposure prophylaxis among Australia gay and bisexual men: findings from The PrEPARE Project 2011–2013', presented at Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, Darwin, 21 - 23 October 2013
    • Murphy DA, 2012, 'Gay men, surrogacy and parenthood', presented at 2nd ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 01 - 04 August 2012, http://www.isa-sociology.org/buenos-aires-2012/isa-forum2012-book-of-abstracts.pdf
    • Murphy DA;de Wit JB F;Holt M;Callander D;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax SC, 2012, 'What factors are associated with planned sex among high-risk gay and bisexual men in Australia?', presented at Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 17 - 19 October 2012, https://secure.ashm.org.au/ei/viewpdf.esp?id=101&file=c:%5CCertain%5CEventwin%5Cdocs%5Cpdf%5Cca12aAbstract00547.pdf
    • Murphy DA;Holt M;Callander D;de Wit JB F;Ellard J;Rosengarten M;Kippax SC, 2011, 'Measuring attitudes towards HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: Findings from the PrEPARE Project', presented at Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, Canberra. Australia, 26 - 28 September 2011, http://secure.ashm.org.au/ei/rs.esp?id=81&scriptid=SPPP1
    • Murphy DA;de Wit JB F;Donohoe S;Adam PC G, 2011, 'Serosorting by HIV-negative gay men may be attributable to HIV-related stigma rather than simply HIV risk reduction: findings from the HIV Stigma Barometer study', presented at Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, Canberra. Australia, 26 - 28 September 2011, http://secure.ashm.org.au/ei/rs.esp?id=81&scriptid=SPPP1
    • Murphy DA;de Wit JB F;Adam PC G;Donohoe Simon, 2011, 'Reliance on serostatus disclosure is associated with greater stigma among HIV-negative MSM in Australia', presented at 1st International HIV Social Science and Humanities Conference, Durban, South Africa, 11 June - 13 July 2011, http://www.iaohss.org/images/abstract%20booklet%20and%20author%20contact%20list.pdf

    Conference Abstracts

Honours and prizes

Dean's PhD thesis won the inaugural prize for best unpublished manuscript by an early-career researcher or higher-degree completer in the Dean’s Research Awards series. A book based on this research, Gay men pursuing parenthood through surrogacy: Reconfiguring kinship, analyses how
relatedness is enacted in the context of gay men pursuing parenthood through both domestic and transnational surrogacy arrangements. These men represent an important first generation to access assisted reproductive technologies for this purpose and are part of an increasing proportion of gay men becoming parents outside a (previous) heterosexual relationship.


Drawing on data collected from in-depth interviews with gay men living in Australia and the USA, the book explores how gay men ‘enact’ parenthood and family life in ways that both challenge and reinforce dominant notions of kinship and masculinity. The findings demonstrate that men come to experience parenthood desire largely because of the new narratives and opportunities being made available to them today. Like most people, they grew up with parenthood expectations, although these were challenged when they assumed a gay identity.

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