Quianta Moore, MD, JD, has long been a well-respected and well-known leader in the Houston-area mental health community. She is a nationally renowned expert in research and policies that improve the health and well-being of children and the communities in which they reside. She also excels at bringing people together and leveraging their abilities and resources to make an impact in communities.

In November, she became the new Executive Director of The Hackett Center for Mental Health.

“The creation of The Hackett Center as a regional center of Meadows was visionary and strategically leverages the strengths of the Meadows Institute to advance the interests of the Gulf Coast region,” Dr. Moore said. “My work has collaboratively impacted communities here in the region and joining The Hackett Center provides an even greater opportunity to improve the mental health and well-being of people and communities across the Gulf Coast region through regional, state, and national-level policy.”

Dr. Moore received an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cornell University. She has also been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an Interdisciplinary Research Leader, and was honored in 2018 by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who proclaimed a “Dr. Quianta Moore Day” in acknowledgment of her work’s impact.

Dr. Moore is a brilliant, profoundly accomplished researcher and well-respected national thought leader who carries the well earned trust of communities across the Gulf Coast Region and beyond. — Andy Keller

Dr. Moore is known for a community-oriented approach to her research, helping funders and stakeholders work collaboratively to develop interventions, policies, and strategies to support an equitable future for children and their communities. Her approach can better ground and deepen the impact of The Hackett Center’s program and policy work.

The Gulf Coast’s rich diversity in demographics, geography, and socio-economic factors can replicate most any conditions across the U.S., making it an ideal location to pilot new programs. Successful programs pioneered in the Gulf Coast Region can be effectively scaled and utilized in communities across the state, the nation, and even the world.

“Houston houses more children than some entire states,” Dr. Moore said. “With such diversity, it’s a perfect place and time to have this level of talent and expertise laser-focused on improving mental health.”