Catherine Simmons, Ph.D.

Catherine Simmons

Catherine Simmons, Ph.D.

College of Public Service, UCCS


Dr. Simmons, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). She has 10 years of post-MSW social work practice experience and 18 years of academic experience (28 years total). The author/editor of two books and over 60 professional papers, Dr Simmons’ research interest include strengths-based interventions, career trajectories, interpersonal violence, measurement, and issues pertaining to gender, trauma, and violence.

Dr. Simmons served as the founding Chair of the UCCS Dept of Social Work from 2019-2024 and has extensive experience in new program development across several academic disciplines. She holds the LCSW credential (CO and TN) and has a rich background in clinical practice across multiple social work subspecialties. Much of Dr. Simmons’ direct practice experience was obtained while working for 10-years as a military social worker leading family violence, clinical practice, and crisis intervention programs. She is known for her leadership and program development expertise as well as her strength-based approaches to research and practice.

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Research Interests

Dr. Simmon's focus has always been on strengths-based interventions with regard to gender, trauma, and violence. Her leadership responsibilities pulled her away from research for a few years, but she has returned. Currently, her focus is shifting more towards resilience in relation to career pathways, secondary bias, and adversity.