Shannon Simmons, MD, MPH

Personal Statement

I am Medical Director of Inpatient and Acute Mental Health Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital, ​where I provide clinical leadership and clinical care to patients with a broad range of diagnoses and presenting concerns in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit, Partial Hospitalization Program, and Emergency Department Mental Health program. I aim to provide high quality, family-focused, evidence-based care as part of a multidisciplinary team. I am highly involved in educating residents, fellows, and medical students, and serve as Associate Training Director for Inpatient Psychiatry for the child psychiatry fellowship program.


Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Tulane Univ.School of Public Health, New Orleans
Psychiatry, Northwestern University - School of Medicine, Chicago
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Recent Publications

Review: Patient Outcomes in Transdiagnostic Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Programs.
(2023 Jun 2)
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
Rubenson MP, Gurtovenko K, Simmons SW, Thompson AD

Clinical Characteristics of Youth with Autism or Developmental Disability during Inpatient Psychiatric Admission.
(2022 Oct 27)
J Clin Med 11(21):
Neuhaus E, Osuna A, Tagavi DM, Shah-Hosseini S, Simmons S, Gerdts J, Thompson AD

Bridging the Gap: Impact of dedicated post-discharge services on readmission rates and emergency department visits for psychiatrically hospitalized youth.
(2023 Oct)
Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry 28(4): 1257-1265
Simmons S, Noble C, Arquette K, Thompson AD

Responding to Acute Mental Health Crises in Black Youth: Is It Safe to Call 911?
(2023 Jan)
Community Ment Health J 59(1): 1-8
Ramasamy RS, Thompson A, Simmons S

Ethical Considerations in Balancing Use of Seclusion and Restraint With Risk of COVID-19 Exposure: Recommendations for Youth Inpatient Psychiatry Units.
(2022 Nov)
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 61(11): 1319-1321
Thompson AD, Berkman ER, Simmons SW, Porter KM, Kroon L, Goldman R, Ramasamy RS

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