Jane Simoni, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Clinical TrainingDegree From: University of California Los Angeles
Interests: Global mental health, HIV/AIDS bio-behavioral science, LGBTQ psychology, Latinx and Indigenous health disparities, ehealth interventions
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My research interests lie primarily in clinical and health psychology within a global health context, including coping and adaptation to chronic illnesses such as HIV. From an anti-racist framework, I am particularly interested in the experience of of individuals from historically oppressed or stigmatized groups and their unique stressors and culturally specific coping processes. Much of my research, therefore, concerns BIPOC individuals, GLBTQ folks, and persons living with HIV. The health disparities and unmet needs in the marginalized communities I study have motivated my efforts to develop and empirically test culturally relevant disease prevention and health promotion interventions. Mentoring BIPOC trainees to lead this work in the future is a critical component of our research enterprise.
My research has included a randomized control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of peer support and two-way pager messaging to enhance antiretroviral medication adherence among a population of HIV+ clinic patients in Seattle.
In Beijing, China, we conducted a nurse-delivered HIV medication adherence intervention for HIV+ outpatients.
On the US-Mexico Border, we adapted an intervention to treat depression as a way to improve medication adherence among HIV+ individuals.
New work in China is exploring how online/nurse-facilitated/peer interventions can address the needs of newly diagnosed HIV-positive persons, including disclosing their HIV status to their children.
In Haiti, we are looking at an electronic medical record alert and a provider intervention to support adherence to HIV medications.
With Susan Graham in the Dept of Global Health, I am looking at the acceptabily of long-acting HIV medications in the U.S. and Kenya.
With Karina Walters from the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI.org) in the School of Social Work, we have studied stress and coping among urban two-spirit Native Americans in six cities across the U.S. in a major study that employed both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
I have also collaboratied with IWRI on a cardiovascular disease prevention study at the Tulalip Indian Reservation and a computer-based HIV prevention intervention for Native men who have sex with men.
I am the Directors of the Behavioral Science Core of UW Center for AIDS Research.
Within the Department, I am the Director of Clinical Trainig, provide supervision in our clinic, employing a time-limited interpersonal process approach, and teach the Clinical Issues course.
- Pearson, C. R., Walters, K. L., Simoni, J. M., Beltran, R., & Nelson, K. M. (2013). A cautionary tale: risk reduction strategies among urban American Indian/Alaska native men who have sex with men. AIDS Education and Prevention, 25(1), 25–37. [PMID 23387949]
- Lehavot, K., Molina, Y., & Simoni. J. M. (2012). Childhood trauma, adult sexual assault, and adult gender expression among lesbian and bisexual women. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. doi:10.1007/s11199-012-0171-1
- Valencia-Garcia, D., Simoni, J. M., Alegría, M., & Takeuchi, D. T. (2012). Social capital, acculturation, and mental health among women of Mexican ancestry. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(2), 177–185. [PMCID PMC3314148]
- Starks H., Simoni J. M., Zhao, H., Huang, B., Fredriksen-Goldsen, K., Pearson, C. R., Chen, W.T., Lu, L., & Zhang, F. (2008). Conceptualizing antiretroviral adherence in Beijing, China. AIDS Care, 20, 607-14.
- Simoni, J. M., Montgomery, A., Marin, E., New, M., Demas, P. A., & Rana, S. (2007) Adherence to antiretroviral therapy for pediatric HIV infection: A qualitative systematic review of current research with recommendations for research and clinical management. Pediatrics, 119, e1371-1383.
- Simoni, J. M., Pantalone, D. W., Plummer, M. D., & Huang, B. (2007) A randomized controlled trial of a peer support intervention targeting antiretroviral adherence and depressive symptomatology among HIV-positive men and women. Health Psychology, 26, 488-495.
- Walters, K. L., & Simoni, J. M. (2002). Reconceptualizing Native women_s health: An "indigenist" stress-coping model. American Journal of Public Health, 92, 520-524.
In the News
- March 7, 2022 Jane Simoni and Liying Wang receive grant from UW Population Health Initiative to address urgent mental health needs and disparities among MSM in China
- July 28, 2021 Jane Simoni shares how to deal with the mask dilemma as Washington reopens, in this Seattle Times article.
- June 9, 2021 Jane Simoni is quoted in this KUOW article about wearing masks outside.
- May 7, 2021 Jane Simoni is quoted in this KUOW article about heading back to the office.
- April 26, 2021 Jane Simoni talks to King 5 about student anxiety when returning to the classroom.
- April 12, 2021 Jane Simoni is featured in this UW Daily article about how vaccine distribution is creating hope.
- March 31, 2021 Jane Simoni is quoted in this Seattle Times article about mental health and the length of the pandemic.
- March 27, 2021 Jane Simoni is featured in this UW News article about relearning normalcy.
- December 1, 2020 Jane Simoni was featured in this KOMO AM radio story about the decision of whether or not to get together with family at Thanksgiving.
- July 31, 2020 Jane Simoni spoke with Kiro Radio about cognitive dissonance and the COVID-19 pandemic
- June 3, 2020 Jane Simoni talks with Bill Radke about pandemic shaming on this KUOW episode of the Record
- January 22, 2020 Jane Simoni’s study on long-acting HIV therapies, is the subject of this aidsmap.com news article.
- October 30, 2019 Congratulations to Jane Simoni, who just received an NIH award for her research titled Acceptability of Sustained-Release Antiretrovirals for Treatment in the US and sub-Saharan Africa.
- May 18, 2018 UW professors Jane Simoni and Karina Walters’ Indigenist Stress-Coping Model is referenced in this CBC article about Canada’s crystal meth crisis.
- October 12, 2017 UW’s preeminent Clinical Psychology program is dedicated to reducing the burden of mental and behavioral disorders.
- January 4, 2017 Jane Simoni just won an award from the Global Affairs Innovation Fund for her work: Integrated Population Health Outcomes in China: Monitoring the Impending (Second) Baby Boom.
- January 11, 2016 Congratulations to Jane Simoni who just received a Global Innovation Fund award from the Office of Global Affairs. The award was in support of a China-UW Nursing and Psychology Partnership.
- December 9, 2015 Jane Simoni recently was awarded grant funding from Seattle Children's Hospital. Congratulations Jane!
- July 22, 2015 Congratulations to Professor Jane Simoni! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently recommended two interventions that Dr. Simoni developed to help persons who live with HIV to successfully maintain adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) that is designed to achieve viral suppression.
- October 26, 2010 Jane Simoni is one of two individuals who received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Awards from the APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns at the annual convention in San Diego.
- April 11, 2008 The UW Clinical Psychology program has received a number 1 ranking (tied with UCLA and Wisconsin) in the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of more than 200 graduate programs.
- July 23, 2007 Jane Simoni received the APA’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues) 2007 award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training.
- May 26, 2004 Elevated rates of sexual, physical trauma may put urban American Indian women at increased risk for contracting HIV