Brianne Murphy graduated in 2015 with her MA with a concentration in Policy and Practice. Her research interests include threat assessment, targeted violence, and the association of mental illness with violence and the policy behind this relationship.
While taking classes in the program, Ms. Murphy also pursued several internships. As an intern at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties branch, she helped with the intake and processing of incoming correspondence from concerned individuals. She also disseminated information within DHS and to other agencies regarding related DHS investigations or inquiries DHS receives. Ms. Murphy also worked an intern at the National Consortium of the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). At START, she worked as a "pinch hitter," floating between two research projects. The first project involved examining the psychological aspects of rogue scientists and the psychological characteristics that might indicate they will become terrorist threats. In the second project, Ms. Murphy helped code and catalog terrorist activity to improve a search engine in which specific similar characteristics can be linked between events.