Professor Moran earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Iowa and did postgraduate work at Tulane University before joining the Erikson faculty in 2009. She specializes in early childhood mental health.

In addition to being a professor, Moran is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Children and Families at Erikson. Her research has focused on the efficacy and outcomes of mental health and social services provided to neglected and abused children. She also studies parenting self-efficacy and is currently developing more sensitive screening tools to measure parents’ views of their own competence. These screening instruments can be useful to professionals providing support to parents in a wide range of settings, from home visits to abuse and neglect cases. They also may help illuminate the relationship between depression and parental self-efficacy and provide another clue for spotting postpartum depression. Moran also consults with the Fussy Baby Network team regarding adjustment to parenthood and postpartum mood issues.

Moran has studied the effects of maternal depression on infants and toddlers. Because current research suggests that therapies that help a mother may not protect her baby from negative impact depression, she is interested in exploring therapeutic approaches that include and benefit the infant as well as the mother. She also leads a project to refine or develop new models of  psychotherapy adapted to to families’ social and cultural context, to reduce barriers to treatment.

Areas of Expertise

Infant and early childhood mental health; psychology; postpartum depression and anxiety; parenting self-efficacy; outcomes of social services for abused and neglected children.

Honors

  • Erikson Institute Inspiring Infant Specialist Certificate Graduation speaker, 2011
  • 2007 Meir A. Steiner Young Investigator’s Award North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology (NASPOG)
  • 2002 James F. Jacobson Graduate Student Forum Research Presentation Award
  • 2001 James F. Jacobson Graduate Student Forum Research Presentation Award

Education

B.A. in psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. in psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
Ph.D. in clinical psychology: child track, University of Iowa
Internship and postdoctoral training in infant mental health at Tulane University Medical School

Related Experience

Guest Instructor, Tulane University, 2007–2008
Instructor, University of Iowa, 2004–2007
Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa, 2001–2002, 2004

Service

  • Consultant, La Rabida Children’s Hospital Infant Developmental Rehab, 2010–present
  • Consultant, Fussy Baby Network, 2009–present
  • Consultant, Mother Infant Treatment Group, 2009–2010
  • Consultant, Iowa Consortium for Mental Health, 2006
  • Consultant, Johnson County Empowerment Board, 2006
  • Consultant, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, 2006
  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA) Student Affiliate, Divisions 12 and 53
  • Member, Iowa Psychological Association (IPA)
  • Member, Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP)
  • Member, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)
  • Member, North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology (NASPOG)
  • Member, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Research

Principal Investigator, Promotion of Early Childhood Health via Training Project, January 2011 – December 2012. Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute Grant.

Co-investigator, Infant mental health consultation to home-visiting programs, August 2006 – August 2007. Funded by Johnson County Empowerment Grant.

Principal Investigator, Healthcare utilization in the infants of depressed mothers, April 2004 – April 2006. Funded by NRSA: Ruth L. Kirschstein predoctoral fellowship.

Recent Publications

Moran, T.E., Wenzel, A. & Polanin, J. (2013). An Initial Validation of the Postpartum Worry Scale – Revised. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.

Moran, T.E., Larrieu, J., Zeanah, P., Evenson, A. & Valliere, J. (2013). “Depressia” in Post-Katrina New Orleans: Cultural and Contextual Adaptations to Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Zero to Three. 27 (4), 327-343.

Evenson, A. & Moran, T.E. (2013). Investigating the Family Bed. Zero to Three.33(4), 44-53.

Moran, T.E., Troutman, B., Franklin, C. & Evenson, A. (2012). The Assessment of Parenting Tool. Zero to Three. 33 (2), 80 – 82.

Troutman, B., Moran, T.E., Arndt, S., Johnson, R. F., & Chmielewski, M. (2012). Infant Negative Emotionality and Development of Parenting Self-efficacy. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33(1), 45–54.

Moran, T.E. & O’Hara, M.W. (2006). Maternal psychosocial predictors of pediatric health care use: Use of the common sense model of health and illness behaviors to extend beyond the usual suspects. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 9S2, e171-180.

Moran, T.E. & O’Hara, M.W. (2006). A partner-rating scale of postpartum depression: The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale – Partner (EPDS-P). Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 9(4), 173-180.

Nylen, K., Moran, T.E., Franklin, C. & O’Hara, M.W. (2006). Maternal depression: A review of relevant treatment approaches for mothers and infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 27(4), 327-343.

Moran, T. E.; Kurtz, R.M. & Strube, M. (2002). The Efficacy of the Waterloo – Stanford Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility Form: C. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 44, 221-230.

Troutman, B., Moran, T.E., Franklin, C. & Nylen, K. (2006). Maternal depression and its effects on children.  Newsletter for Early & Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, & Treatment, Winter.

Moran, T.E. & Franklin, C. (2004). Preventing neglect: An undertaking riddled with challenges, but hope remains.  Prevent Child Abuse Iowa Newsletter, Spring.

Franklin, C. & Moran, T.E. (2003). Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Iowa Psychological Association Newsletter, July.

Moran, T.E. (2004). Hypnosis. In The Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, p. 145. New York: Kluwer Academic.

O’Hara, M.W. & Moran, T.E. (2004). Postpartum Depression. In The Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, pp. 213-215. New York: Kluwer Academic.

Peer reviewed articles in preparation:

Troutman, B. & Moran, T.E. (in preparation). Infant irritability: Impact on mother and child in the context of postpartum depression.

Moran, T.E. & Canty, K. (in preparation). Is postpartum brain drain to blame? Comparison of maternal report and infant medical records in the coding of infant health care visits.

Moran, T.E. (in preparation). With a little help from my friends: The influence of mothers’ lay consultants on infant health care use.

Haedt, A. & Moran, T.E. (in preparation). Postpartum versus antenatal depressive symptomatology.

Moran, T.E. & Kotov, R. (in preparation). Hypnotic susceptibility and Suggestibility: Determining their relationship.

Presentations

Moran, T.E. & Troutman, B. (2014, April). Infant Mental Health – Assessing Infant Mental Health Issues: Use of Observations and Ratings. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa Conference.

Moran, T.E., Franklin, C. L. & Troutman, B. (2012, April). The Assessment of Parenting Tool (APT): First round of validation and next steps. Poster presented at the World Association for Infant Mental Health meeting.

Moran, T.E., Franklin, C.L. & Troutman, B. (2011, February). A Developmentally Sensitive Measure of Parenting Self-Efficacy: The Assessment of Parenting Tool (APT): Diverse Community Dissemination. Poster presented at the Project ABC: Strive to Thrive National Conference.

Moran, T.E., Franklin, C. L. & Troutman, B. (2010, July). Developmentally sensitive parenting self-efficacy measures. Poster presented at the World Association for Infant Mental Health meeting, Leipzig, Germany.

Franklin C. L., O’Hara, M. W. & Moran T. E. (2010, July). Infant emotion reactivity & regulation: Role of maternal depression. Poster presented at the World Association for Infant Mental Health meeting, Leipzig, Germany.

Gilkerson, L., Moran, T.E., & Troutman, B. (2009, December), Interventions to support maternal self-efficacy. Symposium presented at the Zero to Three National conference, Dallas, TX.

Moran, T.E. (2008, April). Maternal psychosocial predictors of infant health care use: Looking beyond the usual suspects. Poster presented at the APA Division 54 Child Health Psychology conference, Miami, FL.

Moran, T.E., Troutman, B., & Franklin, C. (2007, March). The stability of maternal parenting selfefficacy from delivery through six months postpartum. Talk presented as part of a symposium on the state of parenting self-efficacy research at the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Troutman, B., Moran, T.E., Arndt, S., Johnson, R.F. & Chmielewski, M. (2007, March). Development of parenting self-efficacy in mothers of irritable and nonirritable infants. Talk presented as part of a symposium on the state of parenting self-efficacy research at the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Franklin, C., Moran, T.E., & Troutman, B. (2007, March). Emotional reactivity in response to maternal disengagement in infants of depressed and nondepressed mothers. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Moran, T.E., O’Hara, M.W & Franklin, C. (2007, February). Elucidating maternal psychosocial predictors of infant health care use. Talk presented as part of the Meir Steiner Young Investigators’ Award Symposium, North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, Portland, OR.

Moran, T.E., Franklin, C.L., & O’Hara, M.W. (2006, September). Psychosocial adjustment in the early postpartum period: The utility of daily mood and stress ratings. Talk presented at the Marcé Society, Keele, UK.

Moran, T.E., O’Hara, M.W., & Latzman, R.D. (2006, February). Infant healthcare utilization in the context of maternal affective symptomatology. Poster presented at the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kona, HI.

Moran, T.E., Kotov, R., Bellman, S.B., Watson, D., & O’Hara, M.W. (2005, November). Is hypnotic susceptibility related to suggestibility? Development and validation of a suggestibility scale. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Washington, D.C.

Franklin, C.L., Moran, T.E., Troutman, B., & O’Hara, M.W. (2005, November). The relations among postpartum depression, maternal adjustment, contextual risk, and the attachment bond. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Washington, D.C.

Gamez, W., Moran, T.E., Chmielewski, M. & Latzman, R.D. (2005, November). Development of a measure of experiential avoidance: The Seashore Experiential Avoidance Scale (SEAS). Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Washington, D.C.

Moel, J., Moran, T.E., Nylen, K. & O’Hara, M.W. (2005, April). The efficacy of Interpersonal Psychotherapy in the treatment of postpartum depression. Talk presented at the Iowa Psychological Association Conference, Ames, IA.

Moran, T.E. & O’Hara, M.W. (2004, March). Final validation of the Partner-Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Talk presented at the second meeting of the World Women’s Mental Health Congress, Washington, D.C.

Moran, T.E. & O’Hara, M.W. (2004, August). The role of the partner in postpartum depression. Talk presented at the biennial meeting of the Marcé society, Oxford, England.

Moran, T.E., Kotov, R., Watson, D., & O’Hara, M.W. (2004, November). Hypnotic susceptibility & suggestibility: Determining the relationship. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, LA.

Moran, T.E. & Troutman, B. (2003, October). Maternal depression and socio-emotional functioning of infants and toddlers. Talk presented at the annual Iowa Mental Health Conference, Ames, IA.

Moran, T.E. & O’Hara, M.W. (2002, September). Update of the partner’s perceptions of the postpartum period: Validating the Partner-Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, San Francisco, CA.

Moran, T.E. & O’Hara, M.W. (2001, November). Theoretical report: The partner’s perceptions of the postpartum period: Validating the Partner-Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Madison, WI.