Dr. Marian Moca comes from the University of Connecticut Health Center department of psychiatry where he had served as assistant professor of psychiatry within the division of child and adolescent psychiatry for the last four years. He is board certified in adult as well as child & adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Moca had worked closely not only with fellows in child & adolescent psychiatry but also with residents in general psychiatry as well as with medical students. During his time at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Moca had continuously engaged in the development of new clinical and teaching tools such as building a video-library of child & adolescent psychiatry cases as well as initiating a large variety of educational activities such as Clinical Skill Verification Training Seminar, On Leadership, History of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry or Partnering with Schools on Mental Health. In addition, he personally provided psychiatric care to children and their families in the greater Hartford area.
Dr. Moca came from his native Romania where he cared for abandoned and orphan children with developmental disabilities as well as other emotional disturbances. He graduated from Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) for his general psychiatry residency and Yale Child Study Center (New Haven, CT) for his Child & Adolescent Fellowship. His major area of interest in psychiatry includes the interface between childhood trauma and attachment disorders/ (international) adoptions as well as its impact on developmental psychopathology. This made him seek for additional training at the Harris-Cohen Center for Trauma and Disaster Intervention in Tel Aviv, Israel and Anna Freud Centre in London, UK. Dr. Moca also devoted his attention to issues related to public health (e.g. The Impact of Urban Society on Peritraumatic Psychosis, APA Institute on Psychiatric Services, 2007) as well as medical education in (child) psychiatry (e.g. Anti-Bullying Class UConn Medical Students Meet Connecticut Middle School Children -Leadership Opportunities for Medical Students in Mental Health Community Outreach, UConn Research Day, 2013). He is also one of the contributing authors to the Lewiss Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review Book: 1400 Questions to Help You Pass the Boards (2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).
Dr. Moca is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and American Psychiatric Association (APA). He has taken an active role in the local professional organizations (Member-in-Training in Brooklyn Psychiatric Society and member in the Disaster Outreach Committee in the Connecticut Psychiatric Society). Dr. Moca has maintained his affiliation with the Yale University Child Study Center as voluntary faculty and stayed passionately involved in educational events in the region. Along with faculty from other child psychiatry training programs, Dr. Moca has been instrumental in developing and implementing a collaborative Clinical Skill Verification (CSV) examination (formerly known as child psychiatry oral board exam) at a state level.
In the summer of 2011, Dr. Moca created the Public School Consultation Service at UConn School of Medicine. As its director, he also initiated and supervised two community outreach programs with important medical student and (child) psychiatry resident participation: Depression Education and Health Promotion project (DEHPP) and Anti-Bullying Class (ABC). In June 2012, Dr. Moca received the HBH Award for Leadership for his outstanding activity. Between 2010 and 2013, he served as medical director at Hartford Behavioral Health, a community psychiatry training site for the UConn general psychiatry residents.