Collier Lecture: Dr. Cassandra Simmons '12

Event starts: Tue, 09/21/2021 - 11:00am

2021 Collier Lecture

September 21 at 11:00 am Ward Room (LRC)

Dr. Cassandra Simmons '12

"Racial Trauma and the Process of Healing"

Dr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. In addition, she earned a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She completed her doctoral dissertation entitled The Powerful Voices That Go Unheard: An Exploration of African American Grandmothers with Plenary Guardianship (ProQuest, 2018). Currently, Dr. Simmons is a Drug Abuse Program Coordinator for the Department of Justice - Bureau of Prisons, is an Adjunct Professor with Grand Canyon University College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and holds a license as associate sex offender treatment provider for the state of Illinois. Recently, she was a contributing writer for Speak It Now! Affirmations for Self Care, Self-Worth, and Self Value (Xulon Press, 2021).

Dr. Simmons, clinical experience includes sex offender treatment and assessment, juvenile offender treatment and evaluation, individual and group psychotherapy, personality disorder, child custody/parent capacity issues, psychopathology, substance abuse treatment, severe mental illness, complex trauma, and trauma-informed care. Her special interests are the study of leadership, career development, multiculturalism issues, racial and historical trauma, diversity, equity and inclusion, and intersectionality.

Dr. Simmons resides in Springfield, MO, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her Fiancé Lyman and her bonus sons, Lyman Jr., and Landyn.

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