College of Public Health and Health Professions graduates Michael Larson, Ph.D., and Michael Moorhouse, Ph.D., were recognized at the University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni Awards ceremony April 12.
Larson received his UF doctorate in clinical psychology in 2008 and joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in the department of psychology and the Neuroscience Center. His research focuses on cognitive control, traumatic brain injury, and affective and social processes such as empathy or satisfaction with life. Larson has published more than 45 research articles, two book chapters and has given many conference presentations.
Larson is active in the BYU clinical psychology doctoral program where he is the dissertation committee chair for six students and actively involves undergraduate students in his research.
Moorhouse completed a UF doctoral degree in rehabilitation science in 2008. He is the director of the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Bachelor of Health Science program and a clinical assistant professor in the department of behavioral science and community health.
His research interests include instrument development and hazardous substance abuse behavior among 18 to 25 year-olds. His primary research focuses on validating innovative health science instruments for research and clinical use. Moorhouse has collaborated with PHHP colleagues to expand or develop a variety of measures, such as the Computer Adaptive Measure of Functional Cognition for Traumatic Brain Injury and the Phases Instrument, a non-compensation recovery measure for people with spinal cord injuries. He is a co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health project to assess hookah use among young adults.