Kelly Moon

Catherine "Kelly" Moon

Assistant Professor

Office: 2142 Pleasant Hall
Phone: 225-578-0275


PhD, Social Work, University of Maryland, 2018
MSW, University of South Carolina, 1998
BA, Psychology, Monmouth University, 1995

Brief Biography

Catherine “Kelly” Moon completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2018. Her dissertation, titled Neighborhood and Cumulative Ecological Risk: Predicting Physical Abuse and Neglect in an Urban Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) Sample, examines how neighborhood structure and process contribute to child maltreatment risk.

After obtaining her MSW from the University of South Carolina, Kelly engaged in direct practice for several years as an advocate for children and families at risk for child maltreatment and as a director of maltreatment prevention programs. Prior to obtaining a PhD, Kelly worked for The Pennsylvania State University as an Instructor in Human Development and Family Studies and as a Research Associate for the Prevention Research Center where she evaluated early childhood programs. She continued her intervention research agenda, specifically tailoring parenting interventions & child maltreatment prevention programs to serve underrepresented communities and contexts as Lead Research Specialist at

The Ruth Young Center for Families and Children. She looks forward to building collaborative relationships in Louisiana. Kelly, as most people call her, is a shortened version of her Catherine, which she readily admits causes much confusion and will happily answer to either name. She resides with her spouse, two children, and as many rescued senior pugs as her family and space will allow. Kelly is currently owned by Ruby, an eleven-year-old blind/deaf pug who can put any Diva to shame.

Selected Publications

Bessaha, M. L., Schuler, B. R & Moon, C. (2017). Social workers’ perceptions of training preparedness and social justice norms on workplace empowerment. Journal of Social Service Research, 43, 181-192, doi: 10.1080/01488376.2016.1226228

Schuler, B. R., Bessaha, M. L., & Moon, C. (2016). Addressing secondary traumatic stress in the human services: A comparison of public and private sectors. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 40:2, 94-106. doi:10.1080/23303131.2015.1124060

Murray, K., Woodruff, K., Moon, C., Finney, C. (2015) Text to connect: Using text message reminders to improve attendance and completion in a parent training program. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 3107-3116 doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0115-9

Selected Presentations

Moon, C. Modeling Ecological Cumulative Risk: Opportunities and challenges. (December 2016) Haruv 4th International Dissertation Workshop in Child Maltreatment. Jerusalem, Israel.

Moon, C. Supporting parents: In the midst of an uprising. (July 2016) International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Moon, C. Construct and predictive validity of the APPI-2 in a Low income, urban, African-American sample. (July 2016) International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Moon, C. & Finney, C. (June 2016). Parenting in conTEXT. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children 24th Annual Colloquium, New Orleans LA.


University of Maryland Dean’s Teaching Award
Susan Zuravin Scholarship