Dr. Michelle Moore ’04 named head of psychology at LSU Health Sciences Center • Alumni • Marymount Manhattan College

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Michelle B Moore, Psy.D. has come a long way since earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theater from Marymount Manhattan College in 2004. From Louisiana to the dorms on 55th Street, and finally back to her southern roots, the esteemed alumnus is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Louisiana State University. Health Sciences Center and serves as the Training Director of the Psychology Internship Program. In February 2022, she was appointed Chief of Psychology.

Learn more about Dr. Moore’s unique journey from college to career in a Q&A session below.

Let’s go back in time. How did you come to MMC?

MM: In my last two years of high school, I attended a performing arts high school, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and was in the theater program. NYC seemed like the ultimate dream and performing on Broadway was the goal. I knew I wasn’t comfortable with my suburban friends, and I didn’t want to go to the same state college that most of my childhood friends would attend. I had a passion for theater and self-discovery. I attended Loyola University in New Orleans for my freshman year as a theater major as I considered my next steps. During this year, I heard about MMC from a current student I had gone to high school with and decided that I shouldn’t give up on my dream of living in New York, so I applied for transfer to second year. As you can imagine, I entered! I was thrilled and moved into my dorm on East 55th Street on September 1, 2001. While many students left after 9/11, I stayed and developed a love for the city that still shines today. today.

Did anyone or anything inspire you during your time at College?

MM: When I started the theater program at MMC, I knew I was a small fish in a giant ocean! As I delved deeper into my craft, I realized that I wasn’t supposed to pursue acting professionally. I was taking psychology electives and loved every one of them. I was excited to read my textbooks and absorb all the information from my teachers. Dr. Cheryl Paradis helped connect me with my first externship as a research assistant to Dr. Mokrue at Downstate Medical Center. She was conducting a pilot study of the effectiveness of short-term cognitive behavioral therapy for motor vehicle accident victims treated at Kings County Hospital. I felt at home observing a psychologist and knew that was the field I needed to join.

You were recently promoted to chief of psychology at the LSU Health Sciences Center. What are your daily responsibilities?

MM: That’s a long list! I wear a lot of different hats in my roles. In my clinical work, I provide psychotherapy to children and adults as well as psychological testing for children in charter schools. I specialize in working with people who have experienced childhood trauma. In my administrative roles, I am the director of training for our psychology internship program and I oversee the work of the faculty as head. As an educator, I supervise psychology interns and postdocs, teach psychiatry residents, and have coordinated a course called Human Behavior and Development for 1st year medical students for the past 5 years. years. As part of my service to the profession and my institution, I serve as Co-Chair of the Faculty Development Committee and Co-Chair of the Women’s Affairs Committee at the LSUHSC School of Medicine. I am also a board member of the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. In addition to this work, I am involved in various research projects, publications and presentations at regional and national psychology conferences. Outside of my job, my husband and I have three children aged 9, 6 and 2 who bring joy to each day.

What would you say to students interested in following a similar career path?

MM: Find mentors! People at all stages of their career trajectory can be extremely helpful in helping you think about your career goals. If you’re inspired by someone you talk to and want to know more about how they got there professionally, then ask! The mentors I met along the way, both formally and informally, continued to shape my professional identity and many of them were discovered from an initial email to arrange a moment of discussion.

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