Speaker & Media Page


Dr. Simmons is available for media inquiries and presentations.  Please contact Dr. Simmons at dsimmonsphd@pih-mpls.com or 763-546-5797, x. 105.

CLINICAL PRESENTATIONS

The Gyno Show with Dr. Eric Heegaard.  Presentation on family relationships at the holidays.  (December 30, 2012)

Minnesota Resolve Annual Conference.  Presentations on 1) Infertility 101; 2) Depression and Anxiety:  The Mood Monsters; 3) Mars vs Venus:  How to Move Forward when Couples Disagree; 4) Letting Go of the Biological Dream (April, 2012).

“Calming the Whole Body:  Integrating Hypnosis as a Mind-Body Approach in Fertility Treatments.”  Roundtable presentation at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.  (October, 2011)

Minnesota Resolve Annual Conference.  Presentations on 1) Infertility 101; 2) Depression and Infertility; 3) Mars vs Venus:  How to Move Forward when Couples Disagree; 4) Letting Go of the Biological Dream (March, 2011)

Minnesota Resolve Annual Conference.  Presentations on:  1) marital communication patterns for persons struggling with infertility; 2) decision-making about ending fertility treatment or shifting the type of fertility treatment to be sought; and 3) a Fertility 101 panel with physicians and nurses on identifying issues early in fertility treatment.  (March, 2010)

Missing GRACE Organization Annual Conference.  Presentation with ethnographer, Holly Hedlund, called “Staying Afloat in Deep Grief:  Will Grieving Never End?” (April, 2009)

Minnesota Resolve Annual Conference.  Presentations on: 1) depression and fertility challenges; 2) marital communication patterns for persons struggling with fertility challenges; and 3) decision-making about ending fertility treatment or shifting the type of fertility treatment to be sought.  (February, 2009)

Minnesota Resolve Annual Conference.  Presentations on: 1) depression and fertility challenges; 2) nursing with difficult patients; 3) marital communication patterns for persons struggling with fertility challenges; and 4) member of a panel of physicians and nurses on identifying issues early in fertility treatment.  (May, 2008)

Wayzata Community Church Spa Day for Your Soul.  Presentation entitled “Live It Like You Mean It:  Finding the Best in Your Marriage.”  (October, 2008).

Allina Hospital System conference entitled “Caring for the Sorrow of Pregnancy and Infant Loss.”  Panel presenter on caring for nursing and other staff and self when perinatal loss occurs.  (October, 2007)

Missing GRACE Organization Annual Conference.  Presentation to health care professionals on working with bereaved parents.  (April, 2007)

Dakota County, Minnesota, Early Intervention Program.  Presentation on “Life After the NICU.” (April, 2007)

Minnesota Resolve Annual Conference.  Presentations on: 1) depression and fertility challenges; 2) nursing with difficult patients; 3) marital communication patterns for persons struggling with fertility challenges; and 4) member of a panel of physicians and nurses on identifying issues early in fertility treatment.  (March, 2007)

Minneapolis Schools Early Intervention Program.  Presentation on “Life After the NICU.”   (December, 2006)

March of Dimes Kansas City Chapter.  Keynote speaker at annual conference on “Life After the NICU.”  (November, 2006)

Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Spring Conference.  Presentation with Kristina Anderson, MA, entitled “Life in an Out of Whack World:  Making Sense of Sensory Processing Disorder.”  (November, 2006)

American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  Leader of professional roundtable on infertility decision-making.  (October, 2005)

Minneapolis Children’s Hospital Conference on “Life After the NICU.”  Presentation on repairing and strengthening relationships after the neonatal intensive care unit.   (October, 2005)

Missing GRACE Organization Annual Conference.  Presentations on: 1) the impact of infertility; and 2) working with bereaved parents.  (April, 2005)

The Marsh Series on Complementary Medicine.  Presentation with Glenda Cedarleaf-Orr, LICSW, entitled, “Deep in the Body:  The Wisdom of Hypnotherapy.”  (April, 2005)

Minnesota Resolve Annual Conference.  Presentations on: 1) depression and infertility; 2) and third party reproduction.  (November, 2004)

Collaborative Family Health Care Association.  Presentation with Jennifer Connor, Ph.D.  entitled, “Fertile Ground: Growing an Integrated Infertility Practice.”   (October, 2004)

United Hospital Antepartal Nursing Series. Presentation entitled “High Risk Pregnancy:  Challenges and Suggestions.”  (May, 2004)

Minnesota RESOLVE Education Meeting.   Panel moderator on seminar entitled “Making the Decision to Adopt.”  (March, 2004)

RESOLVE Monthly Education Series.  Presentation entitled “Dealing with the Holidays.”   (December, 2003)

Minnesota RESOLVE Education Series.   Presenter on a panel entitled “Fertility 101 for Family
and Friends.”  (November, 2003)

Life After the NICU Annual Conference:  Common Bonds…Uncommon Experiences.  Two presentations:  “Decision-making for Subsequent Pregnancy after a Preemie” and “Couple and Family Dynamics After the Birth of a Preemie.”  St. Paul Children’s Hospital (October, 2003)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.  Presentation with Jennifer Connor, Ph.D. and Katy Daniels, Ph.D. entitled “Fertile Ground:  Marriage and Family Therapists in Infertility Treatment.  (October, 2003).

Minnesota RESOLVE Annual Infertility and Adoption Conference.  Three presentations entitled “Miscarriages,” “When Enough is Enough:  How to Know When to Stop Medical Treatment,” and “Letting Go of the Biological Dream.”  (September, 2003)

Minnesota RESOLVE Education Meeting.   Panel moderator on seminar entitled “Where to Begin:  Making the Decision to Adopt.”  (May, 2003)

Minnesota RESOLVE Monthly Education Series.  Presentation entitled “Living Through the Holidays.”   (December, 2002)

Minnesota RESOLVE Annual Family Building Conference.  Presentation entitled “From Darkness into Light:  Depression and Infertility.”  (October, 2002)

Life After the NICU:  Stepping Stones…Growing with Your NICU Graduate.”  Two presentations:  “Having Another Baby:  A Parent’s Perspective” and “Strengthening Relationships:  Coming Together after the NICU.”  Minneapolis Children’s Hospital (September, 2002)

Polycystic Ovarian Association National Conference.  Presentation entitled “The PCOS Puzzle:  Piecing it Together.  Minneapolis.  Presentation entitled “For Men:  PCOS Coping Strategies.”  (May, 2002)

Continuing Education Conference for Minnesota OB-GYN Nurses.  Presentation entitled “Assessment and Referral of the Infertile Patient.”  (April, 2002)

Life After the NICU Annual Conference:  Growing as Parents, Guiding our Children.  United Hospital, St. Paul.   Presentation entitled “Considering Another Pregnancy:  Making the Decision.”  (October, 2001)

Minnesota RESOLVE Annual Conference.  Presentation entitled “Depression and Infertility.”  (May, 2001)

United Hospital Antepartal Nursing Series. Presentation entitled “High Risk Pregnancy:  Impact on the Family.”  (November, 2000)

Life After the NICU:  A Conference for Parents of Preemies.  United Hospital, St. Paul.  Presentation entitled “Day by Day:  The Emotions of Preemie Parenting.”  (September, 2000)

RESOLVE Monthly Education Series.  Presentation entitled “Clinical Assessment of Individuals and Couples Undergoing Infertility Treatment.”  (August, 2000)

Life After the NICU:  A Conference for Parents of Preemies.  United Hospital, St. Paul.  Presentation entitled “The Preemie Family:  Surviving to Thriving.”  (October, 1999)

RESOLVE 1999 Symposium “Infertility 2000:  Hope not Hype.”  Presenter on two panels addressing aspects of infertility:  1) “Yours, Mine, Theirs & Ours:  Donor Gametes; and 2) “The Future of Multiples:  Educating Yourself.”  (March, 1999)

United Hospital Perinatal Conference, St. Paul.  Presentation entitled “Impact of Perinatal Complications on Couple and Family Relationships.”  Presented to physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professionals.  (February, 1998)

Children’s Health Care-Minneapolis  “When Should I Refer?”  Training presentation to Parent Warmline volunteers on phone assessment of parent-child problems.  (January, 1998)

St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Presentation to physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals entitled “Family Dynamics After the Birth of a Premature Infant.”   (May, 1997)

Parent Care National Conference, Minneapolis.   Presenter on 1) couple dynamics in high-risk pregnancy and 2) decision-making regarding subsequent pregnancy after previous pregnancy complications.  (September, 1996)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.  Co-presenter on “Health Care on Both Sides of the Border:  An Overview of Mental Health Policy in the United States and Canada.”  (September, 1996)

Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.  Presenter on couple dynamics in high-risk pregnancy at seminar on subsequent pregnancy after pregnancy complications.  (January, 1996)

United Hospital, St. Paul.  Presenter on couple dynamics in high-risk pregnancy at seminar on subsequent pregnancy after pregnancy complications.  (May, 1995)



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