Reginald Simmons, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Office Hours

208-100 Vance Academic Center
Office Phone: (860)832-3134
Email Address:
Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm
Wednesday 9:30-10:30am
Friday 10:30am-12:30pm



Ph.D., 2001, University of South Carolina, Clinical and Community Psychology
Research Interests: Delinquency Prevention, Youth Development, Culturally-Responsive Intervention
Senate for the Faculty Senate, Chair of the Faculty Senate Community Engagement Committee, 2014 Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Criminal Justice Risk and Resilience
  • Diversity and Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Offending: Origins and Interventions
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Principles and Ethics
  • Supervised Field Studies in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Juveniles: Real World Experience

Graduate Courses Taught

  • Delinquency and Control
  • Supervision of Masters Theses

Selected Publications and Technical Reports

  • Simmons, R. & Grimaldi, N.   (2014). Juvenile Delinquency. In The Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (2nd Ed.). New York: Springer.

  • Simmons, R & Vaughn, G.C.  (2010).  Engaging African-Americans into outpatient mental health intervention.  In T .P. Gullotta, R. Hampton, & R. Crowell (Eds.), Handbook of African-American Health Psychology:  Evidence-Based Treatment and Prevention Practice.  (pp.154-176).  New York:  Guilford Press.
  • Simmons, R., Ungemack, J., Sussman, J., Anderson, R., Adorno, S, Aguayo, J., Black, K., Hodge, S., & Tirnady, R.  (2008).  Bringing adolescents into substance abuse treatment through community-based outreach and engagement:  The Hartford Youth Project.  Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 40, 41-54. 
  • Evans, A.C., Delphin, M., Simmons, R.D., Omar, G., & Tebes, J.  (2005).  Developing a Framework for Culturally-Competent  Systems of Care.  In Robert Carter (Ed.),The Handbook of Racial-Cultural Psychology and Counseling: Practice and Training, Volume Two.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Tebes, J.K., Bowler, S.M., Shah, S., Connell, C.M., Ross, E., Simmons, R., Tate, Chinman, M.J., & Kaufman, J.S.(2005). Service  access and service system development in a children’s behavioral health system of care.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 28, 151-160. 

Selected Academic Paper Presentations

  • Simmons, R.  (2013, April).  Outpatient mental health use by African-Americans:  Challenges and strategies.  Presentation at  Promoting the Health of African-Americans.   A Statewide training sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.   Glastonbury, CT.

  • Simmons, R., & Ungemack, J. (2012, May). Changes in family relations, peer relations, and substance use among ethnic-minority youth receiving family-focused intervention. Paper presentation at the 2nd Conference of The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues: Division 45 of the American Psychological Association. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Simmons, R. & Vaughn, G.  (2011, October).  Addressing racial disparities in outpatient mental healthcare.  Poster presentation at
    The Caribbean Exploratory National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center for Excellence (CERC) Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute.  ST Thomas, USVI.

  • Moret, M.E., Scott, M., Simmons, R., & Vaughn, G.  (2010, November).  Addressing ethnic & cultural diversity in clinical practice.  Panel  presentation at the 24th Annual Connecticut Psychological Association Convention.  Windsor, CT.    
  • Simmons, R., & Vaughn, G.  (2010, June).  Engaging African-Americans in outpatient mental health intervention.  Workshop conducted at the Inaugural Conference of The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues:  Division 45 of the American Psychological Association.  Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Simmons, R., Ungemack, J., & Sussman, J.  (2008, June).  The impact of family-centered and multi-systemic intervention on caregiver monitoring and peer risk of substance-abusing adolescents.  Presentation at the 5th Annual Leading Change:  Rethinking Juvenile Justice Conference 2008.  Storrs, CT. 
  • Simmons, R., Ungemack, J., Sussman, J., & Tirnady, R.  (2008, March).  The impact of family-centered and multisystemic intervention on caregiver monitoring and peer risk of substance-abusing adolescents.  Presentation  at the 2008 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE).  Washington, D.C.   
  • Turner, W., Shepler, R., Simmons, R.D., Cohen, D., & Alamo, C.  (2004, June).  Interventions for youth with co-occurring disorders.  Training Institute conducted at the 2004 CMHS/SAMHSA National Training Institutes on Developing Local Systems of Care for Children and Adolescents with Emotional Disturbances and their Families:  Early Intervention.  San Francisco, CA. 
  • Panzarella, P., Simmons, R.D., Corto-Mergins, C., Cohen, D., &  Alamo, C. (2004, February).  A Model for Accessing, Engaging, and Retaining Adolescents into Evidence-Based Treatment:  The Hartford Youth Project.  Workshop conducted at the February 2004 SAMHSA/CSAT Adolescent Program Annual Grantee Meeting.  Baltimore, MD.