SHEIGLA MURPHY, PH.D.
Sheigla Murphy, Ph.D, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Studies at the Institute for Scientific Analysis, is a medical sociologist who has been researching various types of illicit drug use, violence, medical and drug treatment for more than 25 years. She has been the principal investigator of eight National Institute of Health grants. Dr. Murphy has published numerous articles in Addiction Research, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Journal of Drug Issues, Contemporary Drug Problems, Qualitative Sociology and Social Science and Medicine concerning heroin use, methadone maintenance, needle sharing, needle exchange, cocaine selling, natural recovery from drug use, drug users in health care systems and women’s drug use and pregnancy and violence. She is the coauthor (with Dan Waldorf and Craig Reinarman) of Cocaine Changes: The Experience of Using and Quitting, Temple University Press, 1991. Dr. Murphys most recent book (with co-author Marsha Rosenbaum) is Pregnant Women on Drugs: Combating Stereotypes and Stigma published by Rutgers University Press in February 1999. In this book, Dr. Murphy examines the ways in which women who use drugs while pregnant are seen as failing in their reproductive role and must take their place in one of the most stigmatized groups in modern society.