It is the mission of Pacific Psychiatry, Inc. (PAC), to provide the absolute highest level of care to patients in a warm, friendly and supportive environment. We are committed to the prevention as well as treatment of psychiatric illness, always seeking to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes in support of the optimal outcome for patients.
Dr. Murphy approaches the clinical care of patients with a combination of expert training and varied life experiences. Growing up on the beaches of Southern California, he developed an early interest in sports, music and science. After choosing a career in medicine, Dr. Murphy attended the University of California, San Diego, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Revelle College with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. While at Revelle College, Dr. Murphy developed interests in teaching and molecular science working at the UCSD Department of Molecular Pathology. Dr. Murphy went on to attend medical training at UCSD School of Medicine where further work in basic neuroscience led to a decision to pursue a career in psychiatry. Residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at Denver, was followed by fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, where Dr. Murphy was selected to serve as Chief Fellow, and in Forensic Psychiatry at the USC Institute of Psychiatry and Law. Dr. Murphy completed ABPN Board certification in General Psychiatry, in 2000, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, in 2002.
In June, 2000, Dr. Murphy realized his long-term goal of living and working on the Central Coast of California. After 2 years of practice as clinical psychiatrist at Coastal Psychiatric Care, Atascadero, Dr. Murphy established a private practice in Morro Bay, California. In January, 2009, the practice moved to its current location in San Luis Obispo, and has become Pacific Psychiatry, Inc.
Since beginning practice in San Luis Obispo County, Dr. Murphy has continued to be engaged in a variety of leadership and teaching activities. These include serving on the Volunteer Clinical Faculty at UCLA Neuropsychiatric as clinical instructor in forensic child psychiatry. In 2004, Dr. Murphy served alongside county leaders on the Children's Leadership Team. Dr. Murphy has served as clinical and legal consultant to PG&E Diablo Canyon and the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, Juvenile Division. In addition, Dr. Murphy has given continuing education lectures for families, physicians and other mental health professionals at a variety of venues including the Cuesta Learning Disabilities Conference and French Hospital Grand Rounds.
Dr. Murphy is founder and developer of the San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Series (SLO-BHS), an educational series of presentations the goal of which is to improve knowledge and awareness of important behavioral health issues.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for information regarding future or current speaking engagements, or if you have other questions.