Tony J. Simon, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th Street, Room 2341
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 703-0407
Dr. Simon is a pediatric cognitive neuroscientist. His research focuses on the neural basis of cognitive impairments seen in genetic disorders that produce mental retardation, developmental disability and psychopathology. Dr. Simon investigates how dysfunction in specific neurocognitive processing systems, such as attention, and spatial or temporal processing can generate a range of cognitive, behavioral and psychiatric impairments. His goal is to develop remedial intervention programs that will minimize such disability. Dr. Simon's current projects include studies of spatiotemporal and numerical cognition in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, also known as DiGeorge and VeloCardioFacial syndrome, as well as research on how the interaction of cognitive impairment, functional demands and stress and anxiety modulate psychiatric outcomes in that disorder. He is also engaged in similar studies of boys and girls with Klinfelter (XXY) or Trisomy X (XXX) syndromes. Dr. Simon leads a research project with Dr. Susan Rivera on the neurocognitive basis of functional impairments in children and adults with the full range of fragile X gene mutations. Besides experimental cognitive processing analyses, Dr. Simon uses cutting edge neuroimaging methods, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Voxel Based Morphometrics, and Diffusion Tensor Fiber tracking in order to study the structure, function and connective patterns in the developing brain.
B.A., Psychology, Lancashire Polytechnic, UK, 1981
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Sheffield University, UK, 1984
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