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Megan Moore

Sidney Miller Endowed Assistant Professor in Direct Practice
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Megan Moore’s interdisciplinary research agenda is broadly focused on social work intervention development, implementation and testing in the emergency department. Her work aims to improve patient health and mental health outcomes and promote efficient use of health services.  She investigates methods to enhance the role and skills of social workers embedded in medical treatment teams in order to achieve these aims. She centers her research in the emergency department because of its function as a critical intervention point and safety net for medically underserved and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Moore specializes in psychosocial assessment and intervention for persons with mild traumatic brain injury, an important and underdeveloped area of health services. She is interested in emergency department interventions, early post-acute assessment techniques and targeted treatment for those experiencing significant psychiatric and functional symptoms. Her research has been featured in a number of publications including the UW Institute for Translational Health Sciences News

While focused on social work delivered interventions, her research is multidisciplinary in nature.  She collaborates with medical professionals and researchers from diverse disciplines including emergency medicine, neurosurgery, nursing, psychiatry and social work. Her research is conducted at the hospital because of her commitment to develop clinical interventions that translate in the practice setting.

Dr. Moore received her master’s in social work and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.  She became a licensed clinical social worker in 2011. Her practice experience has been in public health settings, including the emergency department, inpatient hospital and outpatient mental health clinic; she has worked as a medical and psychiatric social worker, trauma therapist, grief counselor and case manager.  She specialized in providing services to persons with traumatic brain injury and their families and observed the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury on patients’ daily functioning, psychological well-being and family relationships. After recognizing the limitations of available psychosocial treatments, she became passionate about contributing to an evidence base for practice with this population. These experiences inspired her current research program and her commitment to training future social workers in effective and integrated intervention strategies.

Dr. Moore joined the School of Social Work faculty in 2012 where she continues her research developing and testing an early psychosocial assessment and intervention for persons with mild traumatic brain injury. She is also working to identify social service utilization patterns and outcomes in the emergency department and develop practice standards for social services in this setting.  She collaborates with researchers across the UW campus, at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. She is a faculty affiliate at The Mack Center on Mental Health and Social Conflict at the University of California, Berkeley, a member of the Society for Social Work and Research and the National Association of Social Workers.

Professional Interests:

  • Developing, implementing and testing social work interventions in the emergency department
  • Social work interventions for persons with traumatic brain injury
  • Relationship of mental health to health outcomes
  • Translating research into practice settings
  • Health emergencies, coping and crisis intervention

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