Dr. Sharon K. Moore is currently a psychiatrist at the nationally recognized program for Trauma Disorders at the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson, Maryland.
Dr. Moore graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in zoology, and received her medical degree from the same university. She also completed five years of post-graduate education in adult psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Division of Psychiatry and the Law.
What inspired you to enter the field of psychiatry?
"I grew up in a home with well-educated and well read parents. We were encouraged to read and be curious. My mother was a career educator, and my dad, a 'rocket scientist,' helped craft the communications software for the 1969 NASA moon launch. My parents both have great compassion for people, and from them, I learned traits relevant to my field. I am, by nature, a listener and enjoy solving complex problems: a good combination for a psychiatrist."
How does your educational background relate to your current role?
"To evaluate and treat people with mental health conditions, I wanted to become a physician in order to have the option to prescribe medications. I've used my education to become a board certified psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt and continue to use it to do clinical work and to teach junior physicians in training to become psychiatrists."
How has your education helped to further your career and contributed to your success?
"I love learning and helping people. I view education as a foundation for increased understanding. I've worked in jails and prisons, community mental health, veterans' health, and a not-for-profit health system. Thus, I have a sense of the profound ways in which people at all ends of the socioeconomic spectrum are affected by mental health issues."
What is some advice you can offer other looking to go into psychiatry?
"I would encourage getting a good foundation in science and math, but also embracing learning about current events, history, arts and literature, which keeps us connected to our humanity. I also recommend finding mentors who are doing what one hopes to do and to keep learning."
Susan Brown originally spent many years in banking/finance before confronting her addictions. She has now been in recovery for 20 years.
Primary interests include metaphysics and energy healing in which she has several certifications. She has written for Examiner.com since 2009 and also writes for Om Times. Sue lives in Baltimore.
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