dr.P. michael murphy

instructor - author -

President CEO at MPower USA

P. Michael Murphy serves as President and CEO of M POWER USA, an international management consulting firm providing management and leadership guidance to public and private agencies. Dr. Murphy brings forty plus years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position serving in a multitude of roles giving him a unique perspective beginning with boots on the ground to Chief of Police.

His journey of public service began as an entry level police officer in Kansas City, Kansas to serving as Chief of Police in Mesquite, Nevada. Dr. Murphy most recently served as Director of Special Services for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia where he was responsible for the Long Term Missing and Unidentified, Forensic Services, Image Enhancement/Age Progression Units while serving as the National Amber Alert Coordinator.

Prior to his time on the national stage, Dr. Murphy served as Coroner for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner for 13 years while simultaneously acted as the Interim Director of Juvenile Justice Services and Chief Lobbyist for the 76th & 77th Legislative Sessions of the Nevada Legislature.

Michael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a doctoral degree in Business Administration with California Pacific University. He is also a Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Dr. Murphy has been recognized as the Administrator of the Year by the American Society of Public Administrator (ASPA) Nevada Chapter, Clark County Director of the Year with his office receiving the Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Investigations and Unidentified Victims Awards from the International Homicide Investigator's Association. He has been featured in VegasSeven Weekly Magazine as one of the Most Intriguing People and awarded the 1st Annual Infinity Award by Nevada Donor Network for excellence in service to organ donation recipients and the community at large.

Michael has served as President of the International Association of Coroner & Medical Examiners (IACME), President of the Nevada Chapter of the FBI National Academy (FBINA), President of the Nevada Sheriff's and Chief's Association, Chairman of the State of Nevada Peace Officer's Standards and Training Commission (POST) as well as Advisory Board Member of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). He continues to serve on numerous committees at the federal, state, and local levels.

Dr. Murphy 2016 Biography

Michael has been featured as author and/or a contributing member in a variety of publications to include:

  • Police Chief Magazine
  • Police Executive Research Forum Responding to Migrant Deaths Along the Southwest Border "Lessons from the Field"
  • Analytic Essays "Deciphering Suicide and Other Manners of Death Associated with Drug Intoxication: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Consultation Meeting Summary".

Additionally, having never met a camera he didn’t like, Dr. Murphy has participated in a variety of mainstream media, most recently as the focus of a Lifetime Movie Network Premier entitled Postmortem Vegas. He has been honored to serve as subject matter expert appearing on major network docudramas to include:

  • Anderson Cooper 360
  • Jake Trapper "The Lead"
  • Lifetime Movie Network - JonBenet Ramsey
  • 48 Hours
  • Americas Most Wanted
  • Greta Van Susteren

Dr. Murphy is a guest lecturer, instructor, and subject matter consultant regarding law enforcement topics, medicolegal death investigations, management topics and a wide variety of motivational presentations. He has been honored to provide instructional guidance internationally on multiple occasions, to various government agencies and private industries in countries around the world.

Previous Presentations

Press Releases

TOUR DE FORCE DR. MICHAEL MURPHY BRINGS POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH TO THE FOREFRONT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 26, 2018 -- It has long been said that every cloud has a silver lining. It is in such a spirit that acclaimed international educator/motivational speaker Dr. Michael Murphy seeks to illuminate the positive energy inside each of us that can be re-engaged and maintained to turn what could be devastating Post Traumatic Syndrome (PTS) into enlightened Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).

When it comes to dealing with extremely stressful traumatic situations, Dr. Murphy, the president and CEO of MPower USA, an international management consulting firm providing management and leadership guidance to public and private agencies, has certainly seen his share. He brings more than 40 years of experience to the stage as a former boots-on-the-ground chief of police, coroner, and Director of Forensic Services with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In motivating his audiences, Dr. Murphy hopes to ingrain the term Post Traumatic Growth into their minds and bring it and its meaning out into the mainstream public. By definition, PTG or benefit finding is positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to a higher level of functioning. It is about undergoing significant life-changing shifts in thinking and relating to the world that contribute to a personal process of change that is deeply meaningful.

"You can either be a victor or a victim in your particular situation," Dr. Murphy advises. "The choice is yours. I always refer to a line from the movie ‘Tin Cup’ starring Kevin Costner. In that film, Costner's character says, "There are defining moments in your life and either you define them or they define you.' You can't let anything define you. If something is good, make it your own. Otherwise, you have to adapt and push forth.

"What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger," he adds. "It's how you deal with things that determines your success. You have to be open to life happening in a positive way. If you’re an ER nurse, a fireman, a policeman, or a salesman, for example, you’re going to be dealing with high stress every day. The realism of it is that it’s not going to end. There is no secret formula for Post Traumatic Growth. It’s what you do that makes the difference."

Dr. Murphy, who is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and possesses a doctorate in Business Administration from California Pacific University, began his journey into public service as an entry level police officer in Kansas City, Kansas. He moved on to serve as Chief of Police in Mesquite, Nevada, and then became Coroner for the Clark County of Nevada Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner, a position he held for 13 years, while simultaneously acting as the Interim Director of Juvenile Justice Services and Chief Lobbyist for the 76th & 77th Legislative Sessions of the Nevada Legislature. As Director of Forensic Services for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia, he was responsible for the Long-Term Missing and Unidentified, Forensic Services, Image Enhancement/Age Progression Units while serving as the National Amber Alert Coordinator.

Dr. Murphy is the former president of the International Association of Coroner & Medical Examiners (IAC&ME) as well as the past president of the Nevada Chapter of the FBI National Academy (FBINA), Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s Association. He is also the former Chairman of the State of Nevada Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission (POST) as well as an Advisory Board member of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). He has received major awards during his career and he continues to serve on numerous committees at the federal, state and local levels. He is a subject-matter consultant regarding law enforcement topics, medicolegal death investigations, and management topics.

Dr. Murphy has been honored to provide instructional guidance internationally to various government agencies in Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Tanzania, Uganda, Turkmenistan, Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan, and, most recently, Columbia.

Bruce Merrin is thrilled to welcome Dr. Murphy to Bruce Merrin's Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment. "Dr. Murphy is a dynamic and entertaining speaker who has an ability to relate to an audience like few others," says. Merrin. "His wealth of knowledge and experience is unsurpassable. I look forward to working with him for years to come."

Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers & Entertainment. www.brucemerrinscelebrityspeakers.com, is celebrating its 42-year anniversary. The first two sports stars the agency booked were legendary Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali. It has booked every past president beginning with President Ronald Reagan as well as all other top motivational and inspirational presenters including Steve Jobs, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Jack Canfield