Darren D. Moore, PhD, LMFT, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine, in Macon, Georgia. He teaches in the Masters’ program in Marriage and Family Therapy and also serves as the Community Placement Coordinator. Prior to arriving to Mercer, he taught full-time in the Masters’ program in Marriage and Family Therapy and also taught adjunct in the African American Studies undergraduate program at Valdosta State University, in Valdosta, Georgia. Dr. Moore is a Minneapolis native and received his Bachelors’ degree in African American Studies at the University of Minnesota, received his Masters’ degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University, and obtained his PhD in Human Development: Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech University.
Dr. Moore’s research, teaching, and clinical interests include the systemic examination and treatment of obesity, weight loss, eating disorders, and addictions within individuals as well as couple and family relational systems. He has a special interest in working with men, African American families, and other marginalized populations. Dr. Moore is also interested in African American male identity, men and masculinities, and human sexuality, as well as general mental health treatment.
He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) in the state of Georgia and works with individuals, couples, groups, and families at Mercer Medicine Clinic. He has worked with all age groups and has experience in providing treatment in residential, in-patient, out-patient, agency, home-based, and college settings regarding a variety of mental health concerns including but not limited to obesity and health/mental health related issues, Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, and bariatric surgery patients. Dr. Moore’s Dissertation explored the topic of bariatric surgery within the context of couple relationships. Dr. Moore was a recipient of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Doctoral Fellowship, among many others.
Dr. Moore is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a member of the National Association of African American Studies. In addition, Dr. Moore is currently the chair of the Multicultural Issues Committee within the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and currently serves as a Mentor for the AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program. He is currently involved in a number of writing/research projects regarding obesity and weight loss which include both scholarly research as well as material for a mainstream audience. Likewise, he is currently working on his first book, “Less is Moore” which details his personal experiences of obesity and his subsequent weight loss of 185lbs. Dr. Moore also writes for a local newspaper as well as consults/conducts workshops regarding his areas of expertise as well as has been featured on a number of local radio programs.
Areas of Expertise
- Research Design
- Evidence based practices with disadvantaged groups
- Job Seeking
- Professional association leadership
- Advocacy on State and National levels