College of Nursing

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

Associate Professor, HPA
Sean Murphy
Associate Professor, HPA
HERB 416
(509) 358-7949
(509) 358-7984
WSU College of Nursing
Health Policy and Administration
PO Box 1495
HERB 416
Spokane, WA 99210-1495


  • Ph.D., Washington State University
  • Master of Art, University of Montana
  • Bachelor of Art, University of Montana


  • HPA 509: Healthcare Economics
  • HPA 520: Research Methods
  • HPA 530: Healthcare Information Systems


  • Health economics
  • Chronic Disorder Managament
  • Substance-Use and Mental-Health Disorders
  • Econometrics


Murphy, S.M.(Co-I) (07/01/2016-06/30/2021); D. Buchwald (PI). National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, $10,107,986. Native- Controlling Hypertension and Risk through Technology (Native-CHART).

Murphy, S.M. (Co-I) (09/30/2016-09/29/2017); D. Buchwald (PI). National Institute on Aging, $25,772. Alzheimer’s Disease in American Indian Elders: New Challenges and Novel Idea

Murphy, S.M. (Co-I) (06/01/2016-11/30/2017); R. Craft (PI). WSU Office of Research, $137,500. Marijuana Use: Health Benefits vs. Health Risks.

Murphy, S.M. (PI) (10/22/2015-04/30/2017). WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program, $29,708. Healthcare Resource Use And Cost Assessment Of Opioid-Dependent Dual-Eligibles Receiving Pharmacotherapy.

Murphy, S.M. (Co-I) (06/01/2013-05/31/2017); C. Corbett (PI). National Institute on Aging, $1,274,254. Chronic Care Management Model Translation to Multimorbid Aging Adults at FQHCs.

Murphy, S.M. (Co-I) (08/2013-08/2016); J. Kennedy (PI). Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, $343,723. The Antipsychotic Atlas: Medicare Usage of Antipsychotic Medications in Washington State.

Murphy, S.M. (PI) (07/2013-08/2014). Providence Foundation, $10,000 subcontract with Spokane County Medical Society. Framework for Cost Effectiveness of Homeless Programs.

Murphy, S.M. (Co-I) (06/2012-08/2014); J. van Wormer (PI). Snohomish County, Washington, $200,000. Evaluation Of Snohomish County Therapeutic Drug Courts.

Murphy, S.M. (Co-I) (09/2011-07/2014); D. Neven (PI). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, $550,000 contract. A Randomized Control Trial of a Citywide Emergency Department Care Coordination Program to Reduce Prescription Opioid Related ED Visits.

Murphy, S.M. (PI) (09/2011-08/2012). WSU Spokane Office of Research, $7,500. An Assessment of the Spokane Consistent Care Program.


  • Visiting Senior Fellow. Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: 05/2015 – 07/2015
  • Finalist, 2016-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship
  • Methodological Consultant (2016-present), Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH), Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Member, Cost of IBD Task Force, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
  • Program Reviewer, SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)


Branas, C.C., Kondo, M.C., Murphy, S.M., South, E.C., Polsky, D., MacDonald, J.M. (In press). The value of remediating blighted urban environments as a solution to firearm violence. American Journal of Public Health.

Hirchak, K.A. & Murphy, S.M. (In press). Assessing differences in the availability of opioid addiction therapy options: Rural versus urban and American Indian reservation versus non-reservation. Journal of Rural Health. doi:10.1111/jrh.12178

Lee, J.D., Friedmann, P.D., Kinlock, T.W., Nunes, E.V., Boney, T.Y., Hoskinson, Jr., R.A., Wilson, D., McDonald, R., Rotrosen, J., Gourevitch, M.N., Gordon, M., Fishman, M., Chen, D.T., Bonnie, R.J., Cornish, J.W., Murphy, S.M., O’Brien, C.P. (2016). Extended-release naltrexone to prevent opioid relapse in criminal justice offenders. New England Journal of Medicine, 74, 1232-1242. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1505409

Murphy, S.M., Polsky, D. (2016). Economic evaluations of opioid use disorder interventions. PharmacoEconomics, 34(9), 863-887. doi: 10.1007/s40273-016-0400-5

Murphy, S.M., Campbell A.N.C., Ghitza U.E., Kyle T.L., Bailey G.L., Nunes E.V., Polsky D., (2016). Cost-effectiveness of an internet-delivered treatment for substance abuse: data from a multisite randomized controlled trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 119-126. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.021

Murphy, S.M., McDonell, M.G., McPherson, S., Srebnik, D., Angelo, F., Roll, J.M., & Ries, R.K. (2015). An economic evaluation of a contingency-management intervention for stimulant use among community mental health patients with serious mental illness. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 153, 293-299. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.004

Murphy, S.M. & Berning, J. (2015). Does individualized health information regarding alcohol consumption affect consumption among risky drinkers? American Journal of Health Promotion, 29(4), 230-237. doi:10.4278/ajhp.130411-QUAN-167.

Murphy, S.M., Friesner, D., & Rosenman, R. (2015). Opioid misuse among adolescents: New evidence from a misclassification analysis. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 13(2), 181-192. doi:10.1007/s40258-015-0151-z.

Murphy, S.M., Dweik, D., McPherson, S., & Roll, J.M. (2015). Association between hepatitis C virus and opioid use while in buprenorphine treatment: Preliminary findings. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 41(1), 88-92. doi:10.3109/00952990.2014.983274

Murphy, S.M., Fishman, P.A., McPherson, S., Dyck, D., & Roll, J. (2014). Determinants of buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46, 315-319. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2013.09.00


Schackman, B.R., McCollister, K.E. & Murphy, S.M. (10/14/2016). Measuring the Value of Addiction Health Services: Economic Consequences, Quality of Life, and Cost-effectiveness. Symposium, Addiction Heal Services Research Conference, Seattle

Murphy, S.M., Polsky, D., Lee, J.D., Friedmann, P., Kinlock, T., Nunes, E., Hoskinson, R., Wilson, D., McDonald, R., Gordon, M., Fishman, M., Boney, T., Chen, D., Gourevitch, M., Rotrosen, J. & O’Brien, C. (10/15/2015). Cost-Effectiveness of Depot Naltrexone to Prevent Relapse Among Opioid-Dependent, Criminal-Justice Involved Persons: Preliminary Results. Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Marina del Rey

Murphy, S.M., Friesner, D., & Rosenman, R. (12/02/2015). Opioid misuse among adolescents: New evidence from a misclassification analysis. Invited lecture, University of Pennsylvania Division of General Internal Medicine, Philadelphia

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