Michael Moorhouse, PhD, CRC

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Dr. Mike Moorhouse has a joint appointment in the College of Public Health and Health Professions as the Director (.75 FTE) of the Bachelor of Health Science program and as a Clinical Assistant Professor (.25) in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Following several years working in the addiction field, he received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida (2008) and completed a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship (2008-2010) within the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health.

Dr. Moorhouse has a broad range of research interests which can be categorized across two general areas – instrument development and risky substance use behavior. His primary research focuses on validating innovative health science instruments for research and clinical use. Trained extensively in Rasch analysis by Dr. Craig Velozo, Dr. Moorhouse has collaborated with PHHP colleagues to expand or develop a variety of measures, such as the Computer Adaptive Measure of Functional Cognition for Traumatic Brain Injury (CAMFC-TBI) and the Phases Instrument, a non-compensation recovery measure for people with spinal cord injuries. In addition to his measurement research, Dr. Moorhouse has continued his work in substance abuse having served as a Co-Investigator on two NIH projects: Creating a Tobacco Cessation Program for People with Disabilities: A CBPR Approach and Developing a Better Assessment of Hookah Use among Young Adults. Recently, Dr. Moorhouse has recently expanded his research agenda by conceptualizing an innovative approach to understanding hazardous college drinking behavior and negative health outcomes.

As Director of the Bachelor of Health Science program, Dr. Moorhouse is responsible for all program logistics including the admissions process, student plans of study, curriculum oversight and development, and teaching. Currently, Dr. Moorhouse teaches three courses in the undergraduate program – HSC 3661 Therapeutic Communications (Fall), RCS 4451 Public Health Aspects of Substance Abuse (Spring), and HSC 4937 Global Health Disparities and Disabilities (Summer A, online). Since becoming the Director in August of 2013, Dr. Moorhouse has helped organize an undergraduate peer mentorship called LEAP (Lead, Educate, Advocate, and Philanthropy), implemented a Professional Development training program, and is currently developing a Bachelor of Health Science Alumni Program. Lastly, Dr. Moorhouse serves on the University of Florida Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Committee.