Brian Simmons

Brian Simmons

Brian Simmons

Public Service Assistant; Survey Research and Evaluation Support
Expertise: Survey Research



Dr. Brian Simmons joined the Institute of Government’s Survey Research and Evaluation Unit in 2013, where he develops and implements appropriate research methodology for evaluation and survey projects. Dr. Simmons works closely with clients to develop instruments and to identify appropriate methodology required to answer client’s questions. He believes in continued learning, having over 175 hours of training in evaluation methods and certification as a Qualtrics Research Core Expert.

Dr. Simmons previously worked as a clinical social worker providing mental health and substance abuse assessments. His clinical background and skillset are valuable assets in primary data collection. He is adept with both qualitative and quantitative methodology. His doctoral dissertation project in UGA’s School of Social Work was an examination of religious orientation and spiritual trauma in LGBTQ+ persons.


Ph.D., University of Georgia; M.S.W., University of Utah; B.S., Social Work, Brigham Young University

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Areas of Expertise: program evaluation, social service programs, advocacy, social media, religious orientation, spiritual trauma, queer theory