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Lee Murray BSN, MN, PhD Associate Professor

E4210 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


I am currently an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. I am also a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in adolescent mental health. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Nursing and a PhD Education Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. I teach in the area of adolescent mental health, individual and group counseling, interprofessional practice and leadership and school health in context of the role of a mental health nurse in schools.

My clinical practice and research involves working in schools with adolescents with developmental disabilities regarding sexual health education. I also have a great interest and curiosity regarding "Mothering". To satisfy this curiosity, I use autoethnography as methodology to explore the normative discourse of mothering in the context of my own experiences as a mom.

Research Interests

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Children and adolescents with developmental disabilities
  • Sexual health education
  • Self-harm and suicidal behaviour


  • Qualitative
  • Auto ethnography


Murray, B. L. (2016, December). An autoethnographic story of abuse: Healing and finding hope through a sexual health promotion project for adolescents with developmental disabilities. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 12(4), 203-207.

Kent-Wilkinson, A., Dietrich Leurer, M., Luimes, J., Ferguson, L., & Murray, B. L. (2015). Study abroad: Exploring factors influencing nursing students' decisions to apply for clinical placements in international settings. Nurse Education Today, 35(8), 941-947. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.012.

Gurel, S., Murray, B. L., & Claypool, T. (2014). Silkscreen: Experience of living and leaving abuse.. Creative Approaches to Research, 7(2), 71-76.

Chapter in Book, Peer Reviewed

Murray, B. L. (2017). Secrets: To tell or not to tell? In S. L. Pensoneau-Conway, T. E. Adams, & D. M. Bolen. (Eds.), Doing Autoehtnography (pp. 205-216). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Murray, B. L. (2016). The Lone Ranger: Single mothering then and now. In M. Malapanyne. (Ed.), Motherhood and lone/single parenting: A 21st century perspective. (pp. 177-192). Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.

Murray, B. L. (2016). Research ethics boards: Are they ready for autoethnography? In W. C. van den Hoonaard, & A. Hamilton. (Eds.), The ethics rupture: Exploring alternatives to formal research-ethics review. (pp. 153-167). Toronto,ON: University of Toronto Press.

Murray, B. L., & Kearney, K. (2015). Twice Shamed and Twice Blamed: Assumptions, myths and stereotypes about "giving up a child" and "taking in a child". In V. Reimer, & S. Sahagian. (Eds.), The Mother-Blame Game (pp. 237-255). Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.

Murray, B. L. (2015). Farm culture, the politics of food and maternal guilt. In T. Cassidy, & F. I. Pasche Guignard. (Eds.), What's cooking mom?: Narratives about food and family. (pp. 81-89). Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.


Murray BL (Co-principal Investigator), Crane Y (Co-principal Investigator), Kerr R (Collaborator), Pocock H (Collaborator). Playing it safe: Promotion of healthy dating relationships for adolescents with developmental disabilities., Community Initiatives Fund, Government of Saskatchewan. Total: $25,000.00 for 2016-06-15 to 2017-09-01

Murray BL (Co-principal Investigator), Pearson V (Co-principal Investigator), Kerr R (Collaborator), Pocock H (Collaborator). Peer to Peer: Safe Environments and Healthy Relationships Program for Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities attending Greater Saskatoon Catholic High Schools, Saskatoon Health Region Community Grants Program – Community Health Grant. Total: $19,470.00 for 2014-08-01 to 2015-10-31

Murray BL (Principal Investigator). Creating Safe Environments for Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities: Community Partnerships for Collaborative Practice and Student Learning, Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Grant – University of Saskatchewan. Total: $3,000.00 for 2014-06-01 to 2016-01-01