BiographyDr. Simmons received his B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. After completing a predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at Oak Forest Hospital in Illinois, he joined the laboratories of Professors Murray Stein and Martin Paulus as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Simmons is the Director of the fMRI Research Core, at the San Diego VA Healthcare System.
Research InterestsDr. Simmons’s research focuses on neuroimaging of emotional systems such as anticipatory and affective appraisal. His main focus in is PTSD and TBI. He has conducted studies on posttraumatic stress disorders, head injury, trait anxiety, neuropsychopharmacology, and depression. Dr. Simmons is collaborating with other investigators on the study of pain processing, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, adult/adolescent depression, and eating disorders. In addition, he is working on novel computational models for imaging analysis. Dr. Simmons has received funding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD) and from the U.S. Department of Defense. He has over a hundred peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters.