Sue Murphy, B.H.Sc (PT), M.Ed

Associate Director, Cross Professions Initiatives


Sue Murphy is a Physical Therapist and Head in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC. Sue worked clinically in critical care for many years and more recently has been involved in teaching and educational scholarship, focusing on clinical education and professionalism. Sue has presented at national and international conferences and enjoys the challenge of educational innovation. Sue’s role at CHES is designed to provide stronger linkages between non-MD Health Professions and the Centre, as well as strengthening the support available for a broad range of health professions.

When not at UBC, Sue can usually be found either on horseback, in her garden or spending time with friends.

Research Interests

  • Professionalism and Professional Identity
  • Low – Tech Simulation (Standardised Patients, Virtual Patients)
  • Clinical Education with a focus on teaching techniques and preceptor education

Publication Highlights

Murphy. S, Imam. B, Whitehouse. L (2016). Twelve Tips for Utilizing Virtual Patients to Teach Professionalism. MedEdPublish, Volume 5, Issue 3, Paper No: 21. 18/10/2016 (Online journal), DOI: (FA, Paper reviewed as “recommended”).

Nagarajan, S., McAllister, L., McFarlane, L., Hall, M., Schmitz, C., Avery, L., Drynan, D., Roots, R., Murphy, S., & Lam, M. (2016). Telesupervision benefits for placements: Allied Health students’ and supervisors’ perceptions. International Journal of Practice based learning in Health and Social care, 4(1), 16-27.

Bulk, L.Y., Easterbrook, A., Roberts, E., Groening, M., Murphy, S., Lee, M., Ghanouni, P., Gagnon, J., & Jarus T. (2017): ‘We are not anything alike’: marginalization of health professionals with disabilities. Disability & Society, 615-634, DOI:,

Murphy, S., Whitehouse, L., Parsa, B. (2018): Teaching professionalism: some features in Canadian physiotherapy programs. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice,

Garrett, B., Murphy, S., Jamal, S., MacPhee, M., Reardon, J., Cheung, W., Mallia, E., Jackson, C. (2018) Internet Health Scams – Developing a Taxonomy and Risk-of-Deception Assessment Tool. Health and Social Care in the Community 27 (1), 226-240. ISSN: 0966-0410 Article DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12643


  • Award of Distinction, Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (2016)
  • Associate Fellowship, AMEE (2015)
  • Distinguished Achievement Award (Excellence in Education), UBC (2013)
  • Killam Teaching Prize, UBC (2012)
  • Education Award of Excellence for Education, Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (2009)
  • Award of Excellence for Leadership, Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Division (2008)
  • Recognition Award , Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (2007)
  • Leadership Award, Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (2004)
  • Honorary Membership, Canadian Physiotherapy Association (2001)