Jeremiah Simmons

Psychology Doctoral Student
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Biography 

Jeremiah Simmons is a second-year doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy, and a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. He graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Human Biology. Jeremiah, a native New Mexican, was raised in Mescalero, New Mexico, and while he associates himself with the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, his family originates from the Lakota and Navajo tribes.

His research activities are broadly focused on adolescent health disparities with an emphasis on mental and behavioral health, behavioral heath policy, and co-occuring disorders. Jeremiah is currently serving a 4-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). He is also affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry's Division for Community Behavioral Health and works on SAMHSA related grants that serve children, youth, and families.

Research Interests 

Jeremiah Simmons is a second-year doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy, and a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. He graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Human Biology. Jeremiah, a native New Mexican, was raised in Mescalero, New Mexico, and while he associates himself with the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, his family originates from the Lakota and Navajo tribes.

His research activities are broadly focused on adolescent health disparities with an emphasis on mental and behavioral health, behavioral heath policy, and co-occuring disorders. Jeremiah is currently serving a 4-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). He is also affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry's Division for Community Behavioral Health and works on SAMHSA related grants that serve children, youth, and families.

In the years prior to matriculation at the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at UNM, Jeremiah coordinated a 4-year SAMHSA GLS Youth Suicide Prevention grant for the Mescalero community. To successfully reduce suicide rates, his team helped restore hope in his community through targeted interventions while promoting the idea that eliminating suicide was a "shared responsibility." They knew that they needed to take quick action and began looking at communication tools teens use every day. He began to use social media as a way to provide much needed support, reach out to teens in need, and create an emotional safety net for those who were not sure of where to turn.

Jeremiah continues to expand his knowledge of public health practice in suicide prevention. As a firm believer that there are not enough American Indian mental health professionals, he is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. In 2013, he was awarded a UNM Health Policy Fellowship affiliated with the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy, which will allow him to focus on adolescent health through behavioral health policy initiatives for American Indians.