Catherine “Kelly” Moon, MSW, LSW, is both a PhD candidate and employee of the Ruth Young Center at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. In her role as Clinical Research Specialist, Kelly manages research projects and works closely The Family Tree, a local child abuse prevention agency, to evaluate program efficacy. 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 entering the PhD program, 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.
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.
Research Interests: child maltreatment prevention, parenting, and program evaluation with a specific interest in adapting evidence-based interventions to serve under-represented communities and cultural contexts
Teaching Interests: Human behavior social environment, child development, child maltreatment practice and policy, research methods, program evaluation.