Assistant Professor of Psychology
Robert W. Moeller is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, and a Developmental Psychologist. He received a Ph.D. in Psychological Development from New York University, an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, and B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University.
Professor Moeller’s research has focused on the development of health behaviors among adolescent and young adults. Utilizing both longitudinal and cross-sectional research designs with both quantitative and qualitative data, Professor Moeller has studied trajectories of risks and resiliencies associated with substance use, mental health and sexual behavior. His research explores the intersection of multiple identities of race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation associated with health promoting behaviors. Most recently, his research has focused on the role of emotions and trust in the decision making process. Specifically, Professor Moeller has been studying the development of trust in intimate relationships and exploring how individuals utilize trust to make decisions associated with health seeking behaviors.
Moeller, R.W., Palamar, J.J., Halkitis, P.N., & Siconolfi, D.E. (2014). An episodic analysis of substance use and risky sexual behavior in a racially diverse sample of young men who have sex with men. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 26, 168-185.
Moeller, R.W., Halkitis, P.N., Siconolfi, D.E., Pollock, J.A., & Barton, S. (2013). When the emotions really started kicking in, which ended up being a problem: Sex, HIV and emotions among young gay and bisexual men. Journal of Homosexuality, 60(5), 773-795.
Moeller, R.W., Halkitis, P.N., & Surrence, K. (2011). The interplay of syndemic production and serosorting in drug using gay and bisexual men. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 23, 1-18.
Homer, B.D., Solomon, T.M., Moeller, R.W., Mascia, A., DeRaleau, L., & Halkitis, P.N. (2008). Methamphetamine abuse and impairment of social functioning: A Review of the underlying neurophysiological causes and behavioral implications. Psychological Bulletin, 134(2), 301-310.
Siconolfi, D. E., Kapadia, F., Halkitis, P. N., Moeller, R. W., Storholm, E. D., Barton, S. C., Solomon, T. M., & Jones, D. (2013). Sexual health screening among racially/ethnically diverse young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(5), 620-626.
Pollock, J.A., Halkitis, P.N., Moeller, R.W., Solomon, T.M., Barton, S.C., Blachman-Forshay, J, Love, H.T., Jr., & Siconolfi, D.E. (2011) Alcohol use among young men who have sex with men. Substance Use and Misuse, 47, 12-21.
Dragowski, A.D., Halkitis, P.N., Moeller, R.W., & Siconolfi, D.E. (2013). Social and sexual contexts explain sexual risk taking in young gay, bisexual and other young men who have sex with men, ages 13-29 years. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 12, 236-255.
Halkitis, P.N., Moeller, R.W., Siconolfi, D.E., Storholm E.D., Solomon, T.M., & Bub, K.L. (2013). Measurement model exploring a syndemic in emerging adult gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior, 17, 662-673.
Halkitis, P.N., Brockwell, S.R., Moeller, R.W., Siconolfi, D., Cutler, B, & Sussman, R.D. (2011). Sexual behaviors of adolescent emerging and young adult men who have sex with men ages 13–29 in New York City. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 56(3), 285-291.
Siconolfi, D., & Moeller, R.W. (2007). Serosorting. Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS (BETA), 19(2), 45-49.
Selected Conference Presentations
Moeller, R.W., Halkitis, P., & Siconolfi, D. (2011, November). Episodic analysis of illicit drug use and sexual risk taking in YMSM ages 13-29 in NYC. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA 2011). Washington, D.C.
Moeller, R.W. (2009, August). Exploring resiliencies in young men who have sex with men. Presentation at the American Psychological Association’s 2009 Convention. Toronto, ON, Canada.
Moeller, R.W., Halkitis, P.N., Siconolfi, D.E. (2009, August). Dispelling the myths of young urban Black and Latino MSM. Presentation at the International Academy of Sex Research. San Juan, PR.
Moeller, R.W. (2008, September). Social cognition functioning and methamphetamine use. Presentation at the Global conference on methamphetamine: Science, strategy, and response. Prague, Czech Republic.