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Moore, Kathleen, PhD

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Title: Research Professor
Phone: (813) 974-2295
Office: MHC 2712
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Curriculum Vitae

Kathleen A. Moore, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Department of Mental Health, Law, and Policy of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in social/health psychology from Kent State University. She did her post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in which she worked on a NIMH-funded study assessing the effects of exercise vs. medication on clinically depressed older adults. For the past ten years, she has been at FMHI with a primary focus in the area of substance abuse and mental health. Currently, Dr. Moore is working on several community-based research projects with local substance abuse and mental health providers. Her emphasis has been on project evaluation, bridging the gap between research and practice, and social policy issues such as co-occurring disorders, homelessness, and jail diversion. Most recently, she is Co-PI on a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant entitled Center on Co-occurring Disorders, Justice, and Multidisciplinary Research (CJM) along with Dr. Roger Peters, PI and Paul Stiles, Co-PI. The objective of the CJM Center is to enhance the effectiveness of interventions for offenders with CODs within the justice system by: (a) identifying promising intervention strategies, and (b) testing these interventions in theory-informed pilot studies. In coordination with Richard Dembo, Ph.D., she will lead CJM’S Research Team which will coordinate key research activities, including review of pilot projects. The Center will fund three new faculty members in order to conduct significant and innovative research within the area of co-occurring disorders and criminal justice.

Currently, she is Principal Investigator on three grants: (1) Family Dependency Treatment Court,a collaboration involving Hillsborough County Family Dependency Treatment Court (FDTC), a community substance abuse treatment agency, and FMHI. She oversees the coordination of client outcome and process evaluation for an intensive outpatient treatment program utilizing two evidence-based programs (Nurturing Parents and TRIAD) for substance-abusing parents who are involved in the child welfare system; (2) Adult Drug Court Women Empowered and Coping with Addiction to Narcotics (WeCan!), a partnership between Pinellas County Adult Drug Court, two local substance abuse agencies, and FMHI. Dr. Moore coordinates the client outcome and process evaluation for an outpatient treatment program that is providing cognitive-behavioral therapy/motivational enhancement therapy (CBT/MET) to female offenders involved in drug court whose primary drug of choice is prescription drug use; and (3) Medication-Assisted Treatment Drug Treatment Program (MATDTP), a collaboration involving Hillsborough County Adult Drug Court, a behavioral health treatment agency (DACCO), and FMHI. Dr. Moore coordinates the client outcome and process evaluation for this outpatient and residential treatment program that is providing several evidence-based models including Global Assessment of Individualized Needs, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, and the Matrix Model. She also serves as the Co-PI and Evaluator on three other SAMHSA-funded grants: (1) Hillsborough Assertive Community Treatment, a five-year project assessing an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) approach for homeless individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness; (2) Hillsborough County Jail Diversion, a three-year grant assessing a forensic intensive case management (FICM) approach for adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders diverted from jail into treatment; and (3) Charlotte County Home 2 Recovery, a five-year initiative providing integrated services for homeless adults with severe mental illness using an ACT model.


  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • Ph.D., Kent State University 

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of community-based agencies
  • Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders
  • Adolescent drug abuse
  • Juvenile and drug treatment court 

Research Projects

Recent Publications

Moore, K.A., Young, M.S., & Snelling, E. (2017). Profile of Alcohol and Drug Indicators for Hillsborough County, Florida. Report prepared for the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA), Tampa, FL.

Moore, K.A., Barongi, M., & Riggs, K. (2016). Reflections of male and female youthful offenders on their experiences in a drug court treatment program. Qualitative Health Research, (July), 1-10.

Young, M. S., & Moore, K. A. (2016). Prevalence and predictors of substance-related emergency psychiatry admissions. Dual Diagnosis: Open Access, 1(1:4), 1-11.

Moore, K. A., Young, M.S., & Rigg, K. (in preparation). WeCan! A 12-month evaluation of preliminary treatment progress of female offenders participating in a drug court treatment program. Criminal Justice Review.

Moore, K.A., Young, M.S., Rigg, K., & Rivera, J. (in preparation). An evaluation of medication-assisted drug court treatment for opiate offenders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Young, M.S., Moore, K.A., & Rigg, K. (in preparation). Substance use reductions among female prescription drug abuse offenders in drug court: Differences between younger and older adults. Drug Court Review.

Young, M.S., Moore, K.A., & Christy, A. (in preparation). Prevalence of and characteristics distinguishing emergency psychiatry admissions with alcohol- or drug-involved presenting problems: Data from three emergency psychiatry departments. Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Barongi, M., Young, M. S., & Moore, K. A. (under review). Baseline characteristics of Hillsborough County family dependency treatment court (FTDC) participants. URC Undergraduate Research Journal.

Givens, E., Barrett, B., Moore, K.A., & Young, M.S. (under review). The impact of age on substance use and arrest among prescription drug offenders in a therapeutic judicial intervention. Evaluation Review: A Journal of Applied Social Research.

Lanza, J., Moore, K.A., & Sharrock, P. (under review). Reflections of male and female youthful offenders on their experiences in a drug court treatment program. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Snyder, N., Barrett, B., Moore, K.A., & Schonfeld, L. (revise and resubmit). Non-medical prescription drug use in the past year among college students. Journal of Substance Use and Misuse.

Richman, M., Moore, K.A., Barrett, B., & Young, M.S. (2014). Examining baseline mental health symptoms as predictors of drug court graduation for female offenders with prescription drug issues. Undergraduate Research Journal for Human Science, 13, http://www.kon.org/urc/v13/richman.html.

Cohn, A.M., Hagman, B.T., Moore, K.A., Mitchell, J.N., Ehlke, S., and Bramm, S. (2014). Does negative affect mediate the relationship between PTSD symptoms and alcohol involvement in female rape victims? Evidence for the self-medication model using daily interactive voice response methodology. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(1), 114-126.

Moore, K.A., Barrett, B., Young, M.A., & Ochshorn, E. (in preparation). Family Dependency Treatment Courts: State of the literature, future directions, and implications for behavioral health law and policy. Drug Court Policy Review.

Moore, K.A., Givens, E., & Ochshorn, E. (in preparation). Comparative differences and similarities of drug abuse in China and the United States. International Criminal Justice Review.

Moore, K.A., Broner, N., Frei, A., Ray, J., Parker, T., Foley, G. & Morrisette, D. (under review). Challenges and strategies in implementing jail diversion programs. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Rugs, D., Hills, H.A.., Moore, K.A., & Peters, R.P. (under review). A community planning process for the implementation of evidence-based practice. Evaluation and Program Planning.

Barrett, B., Teague, G.B., Young, M.S., Winarski, J., Moore, K.A., & Ochshorn, E. (in press). Recovery orientation of treatment, consumer empowerment, and satisfaction with services: A mediational model. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Lesperance, T., Moore, K.A., Barrett, B., Young, M.S., Clark, C., & Ochshorn, E. (in press). Relationship between trauma and risky behavior in substance-abusing parents involved in a Family Dependency Treatment Court. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Fogel, S. & Moore, K.A. (2010). Collaborations among diverse organizations: Building evidence to support faith-based partnerships. In M. DeGennaro & S. Fogel (Eds.), Using Evidence to Inform Practice for Community and Organizational Change, (pps. 99-109). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books, Inc.

Barrett, B., Moore, K.A., Young, M.S., Borum, R., & Ochshorn, E. (2009). Factors predicting arrest for homeless persons receiving integrated residential treatment for co-occurring disorders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.

Hannah, A., Young, M.S., & Moore, K.A. (2009). Relationship between substance use, trauma history, and trauma symptoms among female prescription drug abusing drug court participants. URC Undergraduate Research Journal, http://www.kon.org/urc/v8/hannah.html.

Moore, K.A., Young, M.S., Barrett, B., & Ochshorn, E. (2009). Twelve-month follow-up of integrated treatment for homeless individuals with co-occurring disorders. Journal of Social Service Research, 4(35), 1-14.