Kiara L. Moore

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Mental health disparities and intervention research


Kiara Moore is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver. Dr. Moore's areas of specialization are mental health services and marginalized youth during the transition to adulthood. Dr. Moore's work examines major barriers to treatment, such as access, stigma, and health decision-making among youth of color, youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and LGBTQ youth. In 2018, Dr. Moore was awarded funding by the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct a multi-site study of the role of ethnic identity in mental health service use among young people with serious mental illnesses in New York City. Her research aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the complicated processes by which young people's identities shape their participation in mental health care and to apply those insights to improving service use through a culturally-responsive intervention.

Prior to being appointed an Assistant Professor, Dr. Moore was a Faculty Fellow in the NYU Provost's Postdoctoral Program. Previously, she was a psychiatric social worker for Los Angeles County in community-based, crisis, and forensic settings and a private psychotherapist for youth and adults.

Dr. Moore earned her PhD from Columbia University, her MSW from the University of Southern California, and her BA from Pitzer College.