Makeda Moore, M.S.


Makeda Moore, B.S. is a graduate student currently completing coursework through the Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology track in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She works as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant in the Autism Research Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia Johnson. Makeda enrolled in the program after she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Georgia State University in 2013. After graduation, she continued her research at Georgia State University on projects related to the early detection of autism in toddlers, as well as other topics in mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy for negative body image and disordered eating behavior. Makeda has also been awarded the Mcknight Doctoral Fellowship through the Florida Education Fund, which provides supplemental funding for the duration of her graduate study.

Research Focus

Makeda’s primary research interest includes early detection and intervention for problematic behaviors in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is also interested in a wide range of topics related to ASD, including better understanding how children with ASD interact with social environments and how to best accommodate and address atypical behaviors in real-life settings. Makeda hopes to focus her master’s thesis on characterizing the types of sleep disturbances most common in children with ASD and exploring how parent(ing) and child characteristics relate to these symptoms. She is also interested in designing and implementing smart technologies aimed to improve sleep and other problematic behaviors in individuals with ASD and other developmental delays.


Moore, M., Masuda, A., and Hill, M. L. (2014). Body image flexibility moderates the association between disordered eating cognition and disordered eating behavior in a non-clinical sample of women: A cross-sectional investigation. Eating Behaviors, 15, 664-669.

Hill, M. L., Masuda, A., Moore, M., and Twohig, M. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Individuals with     Problematic Emotional Eating: A Case-Series Study. Clinical Case Studies. doi: 10.1177/1534650114547429

Mandavia, A., Masuda, A., Moore, M., Mendoza, H., and Cohen, L. (2015). The Application of a Cognitive Defusion         Technique to Negative Body Image Thoughts: A Preliminary Analogue Investigation. Journal of Contextual       Behavioral Science, 4 (2), 86-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2015.02.003

Masuda, A., Ng, S., Moore, M., Felix, I., and Drake, C. (2016). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a Treatment for a Latina Young Adult Woman with Purging: A Case Report. Practice Innovations

Awards and Memberships

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program  (2015 – Present)

Southern Region Education Board (SREB) – Institutionally Funded Scholar (2015- Present)