Distinguished Research Professor
324 Baldwin Hall
706-424-2626

Dr. Ron Simons is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Center on the Social Environment, Epigenetics, and Health, and Senior Fellow in the Owens Institute for Behavior Research. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Florida State University and completed his post doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin. His research areas include: a) the manner in which family processes, peer associations, community context and incarceration combine to influence risk for criminal behavior and emotional problems, b) the effect of discrimination and racial socialization on physical and mental health, c) social experiences and cognitive processes that influence the quality of romantic relationships and health, and d) the way in which social conditions and circumstances become biologically embedded via various avenues (gene expression, inflammation) and influence biological aging, morbidity and mortality.