PhD, Social Welfare, University of Kansas
Cohort Eight Fellow

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Academic Mentor
Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, PhD
Associate Professor, The Ohio State University College of Social Work

Policy Mentor
Helen Cahalane, PhD
Principal Investigator, Child Welfare Education and Research Programs, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
Mental Health and Well-Being, Implementation Science, Community Engaged Research


Dr. Deborah Moon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. As an affiliated faculty of CiTECH (Center for Interventions to Enhance Community Health), her research interests focus on disseminating evidence-based preventive and treatment interventions to promote mental health and prevent trauma.

She earned a PhD degree at the University of Kansas. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Deborah provided music therapy and mental health therapy services for children, adolescents, and families who are affected by various types of trauma, which inform her current research centered on prevention of adverse childhood experiences.