College of Nursing
Barbara A. Simmons
Contributing Faculty, Walden School of Nursing of Nursing, Professor
As a life-long learner and educator, in 2002 Barbara began her teaching career at the post-secondary education level. She has served in the clinical setting as nurse administrator, clinical nurse, and nurse educator. While acquiring experience in various areas of nursing her specialty is in mental health and her passion lies in education and working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is an strong advocate and devotee to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Barbara holds a strong belief that positive outcomes are the result of social change that has been brought about when patients and families are supported and empowered by dedicated and committed healthcare professionals.
Barbara earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from Walden University with a focus in Interdisciplinary Health where she continues to work across the disciplines ensuring that quality care is provided to those being served, and a Master’s degree in nursing, also from Walden University, in which she continues to hold a focus in Nurse Education. Barbara also holds an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Albany State University (formally Darton State College). She resides in the South Metro Area of Atlanta with her family. Her primary focus and area of research study lie in the area of mental health. In current practice, while serving under the auspices of the Georgia Department of Community Health as a Review Nurse and Education Specialist working with The Alliant Health Groups, she continues to focus on curriculum development, Mental Illness and care of the cognitively impaired throughout the state of Georgia. As a social change practitioner, she not only strives to champion for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to ensure access to needed resources, but she also champions for the caregivers of these individuals to ensure that their well-being is maintained so that they may be able to provide adequate care to those whom they serve.