BSCH Faculty Member and Lifelong Gator, Dr. Moorhouse

Published: November 13th, 2012

Category: Faculty News

Dr. Moorhouse, a lifelong Gator, is currently a Research Assistant Scientist in the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health (BSCH).

In 1996 he became an undergraduate student at the University of Florida in the Bachelor’s of Health Science Program (BHS) and subsequently completed a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. After obtaining his master’s degree, Dr. Moorhouse worked as an Addictions Counselor for the Alachua County Court Services Program.

“Although I enjoyed helping people on an individual level, I wanted to make a difference on a larger scale,” he commented. In his quest to make a larger impact in the field of addictions, he decided to return to his gator roots and complete a PhD in Rehabilitation Science. Upon graduating he completed a two-year Post-doctorate in the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health.

During his post-doctoral education, Dr. Moorhouse developed a passion for measurement development after enrolling in Dr. Craig Velozo’s Rasch Analysis course. Combining his addiction background with his new found interest in psychometrics, Dr. Moorhouse has begun to examine how risky drinkers in college are identified. “I’m a big believer that the current way we assess college binge drinking is outdated. We have effective treatments for college binge drinking that are not reaching the population because the current instruments do not effectively identify the target population” said Dr. Moorhouse.

Dr. Moorhouse is currently in the early phase of collaborating with faculty and doctoral students to develop a risky drinking instrument that he hopes will be more comprehensive and ecologically valid.

Although Dr. Moorhouse’s primary passion pertains to risky drinking, his interest in measurement has led him to collaborate with several other faculty members conducting research in hookah use, informal caregiving, traumatic brain injury, cognition and incomplete spinal cord injury.

Aside from his research endeavors, Dr. Moorhouse also teaches several undergraduate courses in the Pre-public health track of the BHS Program. In addition, Dr. Moorhouse is the MPH coordinator in the BSCH Department and an active member of several departmental and college committees, including Chairing the Collaboration Committee.