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Lorna Moser

Director, Institute of Best Practices


Associate Professor


Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health – Carrboro

Education and Training:

BA, Psychology and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
MS, Psychology, Illinois State University
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Indiana University

Summary Statement:

Director of the Institute for Best Practices and is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health services research. She is the co-developer of the Tool for Measurement of ACT (TMACT), a nationally recognized contemporary measure of ACT fidelity. She is a published Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) researcher and recipient of several awards and honors, including the Carol Mowbray Early Career Research Award from the Psychiatric Research Association. She has a range of clinical experiences, including working on two ACT teams.

In the past 17 years, she has had the pleasure of visiting and evaluating ACT teams in 12 U.S. states and Ontario, as well as providing consultation and guidance to a variety of governing authorities in regard to ACT implementation. Since 2008, Dr. Moser has been a coordinator of the North Carolina ACT Coalition, which is a grassroots learning collaborative and advocacy group comprised of ACT providers invested in providing higher fidelity ACT services.

Born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, the birthplace of ACT, Lorna went on to do a tour of the Midwest (Illinois State University for her Master’s Degree and Indiana for her Doctorate) before she and her husband landed in the beautiful state of North Carolina, where she completed her clinical internship at Dorothea Dix State Psychiatric Hospital and an NIMH Post-Doctoral Research internship with the Services Effectiveness Research Program at Duke University. Her career and family keep her very busy, and she often thinks about eating better and exercising (i.e., contemplation and preparation stages of change).

Lorna Moser, PhD