- Research Associate
- LEND Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr. Moore joined the ICI staff in August 2010 after completing his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Prior to arriving at the U of M, he spent 7 years working in a residential treatment school with children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) whose learning and behavioral challenges could not be adequately addressed in their home communities. Since that time his efforts have been focused on technical assistance and research in those communities where parents and other incumbent supports strive to make life work for the people they care for with I/DD.
Dr. Moore's research interests can be classified into two related categories: 1) broadening understanding of individual differences in severe problem behavior in children and adolescents with developmental disorders, and 2) understanding the relationship between characteristics of children/adults/families, intervention fidelity (integrity), available supports, treatment adherence, and ultimate outcomes. Much of his attention has been on methodology and mechanisms of successful application of behavior change procedures grounded in behavioral principles, direct observation methodology, treatment integrity, and adherence to treatment by change agents in natural environments (Moore & Symons, 2009; Moore & Symons, under review). Dr. Moore is especially interested in necessary levels of treatment integrity (and treatment adherence) to produce and sustain clinically meaningful behavior change, differential requirements for treatment integrity as a function of treatment type (i.e., antecedent interventions, reinforcement, punishment), and the relationship of treatment integrity to treatment adherence (the degree to which a change agent carries out treatment protocol in the absence of oversight). Researchers and clinicians who train teachers, parents, line staff, and others to use intervention strategies often ensure treatment integrity while on-site, but generally collect little evidence of treatment adherence in their absence, which impacts evaluation of treatment effectiveness and long-term program sustainability.