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Former NIMH Grantee Receives 2013 MacArthur Fellow Award

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Susan Murphy, Ph.D., University of Michigan

A former National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grantee joined the esteemed Class of 2013 MacArthur Fellows. Susan Murphy , Ph.D., a statistician from the University of Michigan, received the honor for her work on developing a computer program to help clinicians decide treatment pathways for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders such as major depression or schizophrenia. Dr. Murphy’s Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) stems from previous funding  she received from the NIMH.

Known colloquially as “genius grants,” MacArthur Fellow Awards  are 5-year funds given to individuals who “show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future.” Recipients span across numerous fields, including the sciences and humanities. Each fellow receives a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 paid out quarterly over 5 years.