Taylor Moore (Ph.D.) is a behavioral health expert focusing on program research, evaluation, and technical assistance. He has more than 16 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing evaluation strategies to assess the impact of public health and behavioral health programs at the community, state, and national levels.
Taylor’s expertise includes program investigations related to mental health promotion; behavioral health care; substance use/misuse; overdose, suicide, and violence prevention; homelessness; and criminal justice. He has significant experience leading evaluation and technical assistance activities with populations disproportionately impacted by behavioral health issues.
Taylor began his career in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, where he led state-wide youth suicide- and violence-prevention programming, technical assistance, and evaluation. He also led the program evaluation team at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Most recently, Taylor served as vice president of program evaluation in Centerstone’s Research Institute, where he led a department of more than 70 evaluation staff working on 50 grant-funded evaluations of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services.
Taylor led the training and technical assistance team for the national outcomes evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Program for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He also worked on national evaluations of the Native Connections grant program and the Zero Suicide framework.
Taylor authored a technical report for SAMHSA on the cost benefits of suicide- and substance abuse-prevention efforts among American Indians and Alaska Natives. He led multiple presentations at national conferences on the impact of the GLS program and the use of national evaluation data for local program efforts, and he hosted webinars on creating data for knowledge and action, and the overlap of suicide and opioid deaths.
Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Butler University and a master’s degree and a doctorate in applied psychology from Colorado State University. He also completed the Evaluation Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Feasibility of a Web-Based Gatekeeper Training: Implications for Suicide Prevention,” Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 2014.
“The effects of situational obstacles and social support on suicide prevention gatekeeper behaviors,” Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 2011.