Dr. Catherine A. Simmons is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Master of Public Administration program in the UCCS School of Public Affairs. Dr. Simmons received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington (2006), her MSW from Delaware State University (1996), her MEd from Wilmington College (1996), and her BA in Psychology from University of Delaware (1993). She also holds the LCSW credential (CO, TN, & TX).
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Simmons spent 10-years as an Air Force officer leading family violence, substance abuse, and mental health programs. Together with her time in higher education, Dr. Simmons has over 20-years of leadership and practice experience in the areas of interpersonal violence, mental health, and program management.
As an academic, Dr. Simmons is the author/editor of 2 books and over 50 academic papers. Her research utilizes state of the art methodology and data analysis (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method) to expand evidence-based practice. Dr. Simmons is recognized as an expert in the areas of strengths-based interventions, treatment of trauma, and family violence. She is also the recipient of multiple professional honors and serves on committees, councils, and boards at the local and national level.
“Joining the faculty in 2017 afforded the opportunity to integrate my passion for leadership, management, evaluation, and ethics with my interests in violence, trauma, and victim services,” said Dr. Simmons. “It is an honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, faculty, and community at UCCS as part of the talented SPA team!”
Areas of Interest
- Career trajectories
- Interpersonal violence
- Strengths based interventions
- Program evaluation and measurement
- Issues pertaining to gender, trauma, and violence