Amanda Simmons

Amanda Kaye Simmons , Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Asst Professor - Educator


Bachelor's of Music: UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC, 2009 (Vocal Performance)

MS Speech Language Pathology: University of Tennessee Health Science Center Knoxville, TN, 2015

Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Science: UTHSC Knoxville, TN, 2021 (Speech Language Pathology - AAC Education)

Research and Practice Interests

Dr. Simmons researches sustainable augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) education and training. She has clinical experience with pediatrics through adults with hopes of developing versatile AAC instructional materials and methods for patients, families, and healthcare workers. Dr. Simmons is also interested in researching simulation education practices, especially considering medical placement training.

Positions and Work Experience

2015 -2021 Speech Language Pathologist, Shannodale Healthcare, Knoxville, TN

2019 -2021 Speech Language Pathologist, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN

Research Support

Grant: #15JOVW-23-GG-04439-STOP Investigators:Hayes Tsygansky, Brittany; Simmons, Amanda 11-01-2023 -10-31-2026 Office on Violence Against Women Language Access Barriers to Justice Among Victims of Violence Against Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Role:Collaborator 449909.00 Hold Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Simmons, A., McCarthy, J., Koszalinski, R., Hedrick, M., Reilly, K., & Hamby, E. (2021. ) Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Knowledge and Experiences of Pediatric Nurses. .Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. , , 16 (6 ) ,567 More Information

Koszalinski RS, Heidel RE, Hutson SP, Li, X, Palmer, TG, McCarthy Maeder, JH, Hollibush, T, Massoli, J, Simmons, A, Jagidar, N, & Rajashekaran, P. (2020. ) The Use of Communication Technology to Affect Patient Outcomes in the Intensive Care Unit.CIN Comput Informatics, Nurs. , , February 2020 (1 ) , More Information

Contact Information

Academic - Health Science Building
3225 Eden Avenue
CincinnatiĀ  Ohio, 45267