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Contact Information:
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161


Dr. Simmons received his B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. After completing a pre doctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at Oak Forest Hospital in Illinois, he joined the laboratories of UCSD Professors Murray Stein and Martin Paulus as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Simmons is currently a Director of the fMRI Research Laboratory at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD.

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Simmons’ research focuses on neuroimaging of emotional systems such as anticipatory and affective appraisal. He has conducted studies on post-traumatic stress disorders, traumatic brain 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 more than a hundred peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications