Megan A. Mooney, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832.822.4910
Fax: 832-825-9599

Contact Information

6701 Fannin Street
Suite D1630.51
Houston, TX 77030


Trauma and Grief Center, Texas Children's Hospital

Training Coordinator, Trauma and Grief Center, Texas Children's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Arkansas, M.A. 2001, Ph.D. 2005 PhD MA, Doctor of Philosophy 2001, 2005
Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Houston, Texas, internship 2004
DePelchin Children’s Center, Houston, Texas post-doctoral fellow 2008

About Megan A. Mooney

Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children and families who have experienced trauma and bereavement. She has been part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for 14 years and has been trained in a variety of evidence-based models of treatment of symptoms related to traumatic experiences of children and adolescents. Dr. Mooney is also interested in the disproportionate rates of trauma in LGBTQ youth and partners with local and national colleagues to educate providers on the unique experiences of these youth and recommendations for appropriate treatment.  Dr. Mooney provides evidence-based assessment and interventions to traumatized and bereaved children and families while emphasizing the importance of supportive relationships. She carries an active caseload of therapy clients and has presented locally and nationally about trauma and treatments for trauma in children and families.  Dr. Mooney is active in her state and local psychological associations and has testified on a variety of mental-health related bills before the Texas Legislature. 


Organization Name Role
American Psychological Association Member
Houston Psychological Association Chair, Legislative Committee
Texas Psychological Association Board of Trustees Member Chair; Grassroots Committee Member of TPA Legislative Committee; Public Education Committee; Finance Committee, and Membership Committee

Selected Publications

Mooney, M.A. (under review). Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Trauma in LGBTQ Youth. Journal of Family Strengths.

Hill, R. M., Rooney, E. E., Mooney, M. A., & Kaplow, J. B. (under review). Links between social support, thwarted belongingness, and suicide ideation among gay, lesbian, and bisexual college students. Journal of Family Strengths.

Ko, SJ, Pynoos, RS, Griffin, D, Vanderbilt, D & NCTSN Trauma & IDD Expert Panel (2015). The road to recovery: Supporting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have experienced trauma. Los Angeles, CA, and Durham, NC: National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

Hilsenroth, M.J., Baity, M.R., Mooney, M.A., & Meyer, G.J.    (2004). DSM-IV Major Depressive Episode Criteria: An Evaluation of Reliability and Validity Across Three Different Rating Methods.  International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice 8, 3-10.

Hilsenroth, M.J., Ackerman, S.J., Blagys, M.D., Baity, M.R., & Mooney, M.A. (2003).  Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Depression: An Examination of Statistical, Clinically Significant, and Technique Specific Change. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 191, 6, 349-357.