Patricia A. Murphy CNM, DrPH, FACNM, FAAN

Curriculum Vitae

  • Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
  • Professor, College Of Nursing



  • MS, Midwifery/Maternity Nursing, Columbia University
  • DrPH, Epidemiology, Columbia University

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow. American Academy of Nursing, 10/2014
  • 2011 Dorothea Lang Pioneer in Midwifery Award. ACNM, 05/2011
  • Fellow. Society for Family Planning, 10/2010
  • Fellow. American College of Nurse-Midwives, 05/1999


Patricia Aikins Murphy, CNM, DrPH, FACNM is a Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and holds the Annette Cumming Endowed Chair in Women's and Reproductive Health.

Dr. Murphy is a certified nurse-midwife and epidemiologist, whose clinical and research specialties focus on contraception and reproductive health. She is the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, and is a frequent lecturer on issues in ambulatory obstetrics, gynecology, and contraception.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, a Fellow of the Society for Family Planning, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurising. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute and is a past Board Member of  the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.


  • English, fluent.

Career Highlights

Patricia Aikins Murphy has been a midwife for over 35 years. She was a lead investigator in the development of the Optimality Index, a research instrument used to measure optimal outcomes in birth. This instrument is used in national and international research about birth, and received the 2005 Lamaze International Research Award. She has been a principal or co-investigator on numerous studies of contraception, including PI on 3 NIH funded grants. Dr. Murphy has served on Expert Technical Panels for the CDC in developing national guidelines for US Medical Eligibility for Contraception (published in 2010) and for the  US Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraception, and on the CDC/OPA panel charged with revising guidelines for clinical care and counseling in federally funded family planning clinics.