Simons receives grant from National Institutes of Health

Simons receives grant from National Institutes of Health The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a three-year $571,000 grant to The University of South Dakota's department of psychology assistant professor Jeffrey Simons for research on risk for alcohol problems among college students.

For the past several years, Simons has studied factors related to problematic and non-problematic substance use patterns among students on college campuses. Simons recently completed a two-year NIH-funded project examining relations between mood functioning, personal goals and problems associated with the use of alcohol and marijuana. The present study will focus on factors that may place college students at risk for specific types of alcohol problems.

Simons received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2000 and has been on the faculty in the clinical psychology training program within the department of psychology at USD since that time. Simons has published and presented extensively in the general area of substance use and abuse.�

Four clinical psychology graduate students, Raluca Gaher, Anne Bush, Sabine Halaby, and Emily Stanage, are currently assisting Simons with this research project.

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