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Dr Catherine L Murphy PhD, MSc, PGDip, BSc (Hons)

Senior Research Fellow

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Cathy is a registered nurse and a Senior Research Fellow in the Bladder and Bowel Management research group.

Living with bladder or bowel problems can have a devastating impact on people and their carers. There is an urgent need to develop interventions to help.

Dr Cathy Murphy is a postdoctoral researcher in the Bladder and Bowel Management research group, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. She has worked on a range of projects focusing on improving the quality of life of people living with long-term bladder and bowel management problems. She currently has a Fellowship with the Alzheimer’s Society with the goal of improving support for people living at home with both dementia and incontinence. She is also PI on a clinical trial of a urinary catheter device. She is an editor with the Cochrane Incontinence Group and co-chair of the International Consultation on Incontinence Committee on Management Using Continence Products. 

Research interests

  • Bladder and bowel management for people living with dementia
  • End of life bladder and bowel management
  • Supporting carers to deliver bladder and bowel care in the home
  • Urinary catheter use and device innovation
  • Continent product use and design

Research projects

Dementia and Incontinence at Home (DINAH) funded by the Alzheimer’s Society
Fill and Flush – novel urinary catheter valve funded by NIHR i4i

Research group

Bladder and Bowel

Research theme(s)

Fundamental Care

Health Needs 

Research project(s)

Prostate Cancer TrueNorth

This is part of the STAR programme: Development, Implementation & Integration of a Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Survivorship Programme into Practice (The STAR Programme: Personalised Supported Self-Management and Remote Monitoring for Men with Prostate Cancer).

Dementia and incontinence at home (DINAH)

Continence Product Advisor

Usability and acceptability of washable continence products in Lower and Middle Income Countries

Urinary catheter ‘fill and flush’ valve: safety, effectiveness, acceptability and feasibility trial

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Book Chapters



Personal academic tutor to pre-registration nursing students.

Catherine is currently supervising

Charlotte Yearwood-Martin – Development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure for incontinence pads.


Dr Catherine L Murphy
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : SGH/AA97/MP11

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