Aja Murray


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room F16, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • On maternity leave.


I joined the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Psychology with Quantitative Focus in 2018. My research focuses on developmental aspects of mental health and quantitative methodology, especially longitudinal methodology and psychometrics. 

Prior to joining the department, I was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge where I researched  developmental trajectories of mental health issues and their comorbidity. I also previously worked as a Research Associate in the Violence Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. There I worked on developmental trajectories of ADHD symptoms and conduct problems in the Zurich Project on Social Development from Childhood to Adulthood (z-proso). 

Current research projects include:

-'Evidence for Better Lives Study: an eight-country study of early child development'

-'D2M: a multi-timeframe study of aggression development'

-'Dynamic predictors of attrition:  predicting and correcting for attrition in longitudinal studies'

-'Identifying reliable change using cognitive tests in ageing and dementias research' 

-'Addressing the adverse impacts of domestic violence during pregnancy'



B.Sc. Psychology - University of Edinburgh (2011)

M.Sc. Psychology - University of Edinburgh (2012)

Ph.D. Psychology - University of Edinburgh (2016)

Undergraduate teaching

I currently co-teach Research Methods and Statistics 2 (RMS2)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD projects in any of my above-mentioned primary research areas as well as in developmental psychology, criminology (especially violence and aggression), clinical psychology ,or individual difference topics more broadly. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss. 

Research summary

My primary research interests relate to developmental  aspects of mental health phenotypes and their comorbidity.  I have a particular interest in ADHD, autism, and conduct problems.  I also research quantitative methodolody, especially psychometrics and longitudinal methods.  Current projects include the Evidence for Better Lives Study: https://www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/vrcresearch/EBLS and collaborations with the Zurich Project on Social Development from Childhood to Adulthood: https://www.jacobscenter.uzh.ch/en/research/zproso/aboutus.html