John Moore (he/him) is a doctoral candidate at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and is a recipient of a UT Austin Graduate Recruitment Fellowship and the Donald D. Harrington Dissertation Fellowship. John graduated with a BSW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he was recognized with the Student Award for Excellence in Academic Research. He earned his MSW at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis with a mental health concentration and research specialization.
His primary research interests are in substance misuse, with a focus on substance-misuse behavior change and recovery among persons with comorbid serious mental illness. He has an extensive skill set and background related to data management, analysis, and program evaluation. His interest in substance misuse stems from his practice experience at an outpatient substance-use disorder treatment center in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a master’s student, John provided evaluation support for the Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Grant and was a research technician on a national randomized clinical trial administered by the Institute for Justice Research and Development at Florida State University. John is committed to bridging his practice and research background to examine substance misuse prevention, intervention, and recovery.
As a doctoral student, John has collaborated closely with faculty on projects investigating substance misuse and other health-risk behaviors among underserved populations. He completed the Graduate Portfolio Program in Applied Statistical Modeling and has an extensive record of conducting quantitative research. John has engaged in community-informed research through his work on a study investigating substance use behaviors and recovery among persons who formerly experienced homelessness. He is first author on multiple publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Substance Abuse, and Health Psychology. He has presented findings from his research at numerous national conferences including the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA), and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
John also enjoys mentoring undergraduate students, and he has served as an advisor and statistical consultant for the theses of two undergraduate students in the Health Science Scholars Program. After receiving his Ph.D., he hopes to work in a tenure-track faculty position to conduct research that informs evidence-based practices in the domain of substance misuse.
Substance misuse prevention, intervention, and recovery; behavior modification; substance misuse in medical settings; social connectivity and recovery; young people in recovery; co-occurring disorders; quantitative methodology