Brian Moss

Brian Moss

Part-time Faculty

(313) 577-4409

Brian Moss

Middle name



Dr. Moss has been teaching research methods, evaluation and data analysis courses at the School of Social Work since 2000. His clinical experience includes working with families in the child protective and foster care system, abused and neglected children, families with children needing intensive neonatal care, families needing infant mental health services, as well as parole violators. As a previous Director of Institutional Research, he conducted and supervised the creation of formative and process evaluations, needs assessments, economic impact studies, marketing research, and strategic planning studies. His current research focuses on methods of improving causal inference by combining experimental and quasi-experimental research designs. He also continues to study adult and childhood obesity and the effectiveness of developmental education.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Wayne State University
  • M.S.W., Social Work, Wayne State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health, Wayne State University & Merrill-Palmer Institute
  • B.S., Psychology, Central Michigan University

Teaching Interests

  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative data analyses
  • Program Evaluation

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental and quasi-experimental research design
  • Evaluation research
  • Health outcomes, specifically adult and childhood obesity
  • At-risk groups within higher education

Research Project

  • Moss, B., Yeaton, W., & Lloyd, J. Estimating the effectiveness of developmental mathematics by embedding a randomized experiment within a regression discontinuity design (R-RE-D).
  • Moss, B. & Yeaton, W.H. Evaluating Developmental Education: Using the Regression Discontinuity Design to Enhance Replication Methods and Policy Decisions. 
  • Moss, B. & Yeaton, W.H. Early Childhood Healthy and Obese Weight Status: Potentially Protective Benefits of Breastfeeding and Delaying Solid Foods.
  • Moss, B. & Kelcey, B., Showers, N. Classrooms as Moderators of Developmental Education Effectiveness and Student Achievement.

Courses taught by Brian Moss

Winter Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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