Sandra F. Simmons, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Paul V. Hamilton Chair in Geriatrics and Aging Research
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging

Dr. Sandra F. Simmons is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Simmons’ research interests focus on identifying clinical interventions to improve both quality of care and quality of life among older adults in a variety of healthcare settings, including individuals with dementia residing in assisted-living settings. Dr. Simmons is an investigator in the Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  

Dr. Simmons completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology and gerontology at Pennsylvania State University. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2006.