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University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Simon is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds. Simon uses tools drawn from psychotherapy research to better understand the therapeutic processes and outcomes of mindfulness and meditation-based interventions. He has collaborated on several randomized trials of contemplative interventions with Center staff and has conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses of mindfulness-based interventions.
Simon is also interested in therapist characteristics that relate to patient outcomes in psychotherapy, including interpersonal skills and empathy. Simon has trained clinically in the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system and also conducts research on military veteran mental health. Simon's work has been supported with funding through the Mind & Life Institute and the American Psychological Association's Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29).
2010 University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Varela Award from Mind & Life (December 2015); Barnett Psychotherapy Research Award from APA Division 29 (August 2015); Howard Award from Society for Psychotherapy Research (June 2015)
Goldberg, S. B., Simpson, T. L., Lehavot, K., Katon, J. G., Chen, J. A., Glass, J. E., Schnurr, P. P., Sayer, N. A., & Fortney, J. C. (2019). Mental health treatment delay: A comparison among civilians and veterans of different service eras. Psychiatric Services. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201800444
Goldberg, S. B., Wampold, B., Tucker, R., Davidson, R. J., Simpson, T., Kearney, D., & Greene, P. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 59, 52-60. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.10.011 PMCID: PMC5741505
Goldberg, S. B., Wielgosz, J., Dahl, C., Schuyler, B., MacCoon, D. S., Rosenkranz, M., Lutz, A., Sebranek, C. A., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Does the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire measure what we think it does? Construct validity evidence from an active controlled randomized clinical trial. Psychological Assessment, 28(8), 1009-14. doi:10.1037/pas0000233 PMCID: PMC4829487
Goldberg, S. B., Rousmaniere, T., Miller, S. D., Whipple, J., Nielsen, S. L., Hoyt, W. T., & Wampold, B. E. (2016). Do psychotherapists improve with time and experience? A longitudinal analysis of outcomes in a clinical setting. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63(1), 1-11. doi:10.1037/cou0000131
B.A., Sociology, Tufts University
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting educators’ lives and whether a mindfulness-based program buffers against the negative effects of stress.
Exploring whether meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access to potentially beneficial practices.
Seeking to understand whether large-scale interventions such as the Healthy Minds Program may have a protective effect against stress and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Researchers are broadening the methods to measure mindfulness
Examining the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions across research literature
Examining whether experience with mindfulness-based programs and training is helping people cope with daily stress and mental challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examining how therapist differences impact client outcomes
Evaluating how organizations serving veterans impacted mental health treatment engagement