Dr. Ronald Simons visits OU as a Presidential Dream Course Speaker

On March 31st and April 1st, Dr. Ronald Simons visited the University of Oklahoma as a Presidential Dream Course speaker.Dr. Simons is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Research Fellow in the Institute for Behavior Research and the Center for Gene-Environment Transaction at the University of Georgia. Using a developmental model, his research examines the manner in which childhood experiences and adult role transitions involving romantic relationships, employment, and incarceration build on each other to influence aggression, psychological adjustment, and physical health. Recently, this research program has expanded to include investigation of the process whereby the social environment impacts various biological mechanisms involved in the onset of chronic illness. His work is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. During his visit, Dr. Simons gave three talks: a public lecture, an academic presentation for the Sociology Department, and a lecture for a sociology of the family class.