Simon, Cassandra E., PhD

Associate Professor
Contact Information Areas of Interest and Expertise
  • Advocacy
  • Community Engagement
  • Health Disparities
  • Human Rights
  • Race Relations
  • Social Justice


  • BA, University of New Orleans
  • MSW, Louisiana State University
  • PhD, University of Texas at Arlington


  • Editor of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES).  JCES is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works.  JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory.
  • Williams, J., Simon, Cassandra,  & Bell, Amber (2015).  Missing the Mark: The Image of the Social Work Profession in an African-American Community.  Journal of Ethnic And Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 24(1), 56-70.  doi 10.1080/15313204.2014.954.
  • Ai, A., Plummer, C., Kanno, H., Heo, G., Appel, H., Simon, C., & Spigner, C. (2011). Positive traits versus previous trauma: Racial different correlates with PTSD symptoms among Hurricane Katrina-Rita volunteers. Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 4, 402-420.
  • Ai, A., Plummer, C., Heo, G., Lemieux, C., Simon, C., Taylor, P., & Copeland, V. (2011) Racial identity-related differential attributions of inadequate responses to Hurricane Katrina: A social identity perspective. Race and Social Problems, 3, 13-24.
  • Limeaux, C., Plummer, C., Ai, A., Simon, C. E., & Richardson, R., (2010). Mental health, substance use, and adaptive coping among social work students in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Journal of Social Work Education, 46(3), 391-410.
  • Roff, L.L., Simon, C.E., Nelson-Gardell, D., & Pleasants, H.M. (2009). Spiritual support and African-American breast cancer survivors. Affilia 24(3), 285-299.
  • Simon, C.E., Perry, A., & Roff, L.L. (2008). Psychosocial and career mentoring: Female African American social work education administrators’ experiences. Journal of Social Work Education, 44, 9-22.
  • Simon, C. E., Crowther, M., & Higgerson, H. (2007).  The stage specific role of spirituality among African American women throughout the breast cancer experience. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13(1), 26-34.
  • Roff, L.L., Klemmack, D.L., Simon C.E., Cho, G.W., Parker, M.W., Koenig, H.G., Sawyer-Baker, P., & Allman, R.M. (2006).  Functional limitations and religious service attendance among African American and white older adults.  Health & Social Work, 31(4), 247-255.
  • Roff, L. L., Butkeviciene, R., Simon, C., & Klemmack, D. L. (2006).  Levels of death anxiety: A comparison of American and Lithuanian health and social service personnel.  Death Studies, 30(7), 665-675.
  • Simon, C. E.  (2006). Breast cancer screening, cultural beliefs and diverse populations. Health and Social Work, 31 (1), 36-43. 
  • Simon, C. E.  (2006). Review of the book, Disability Issues For Social Workers And Human Service Professionals In The Twenty-First Century. Families in Society:  The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 87, (1), 151-52.
  • Simon, C. E., Pryce, J.G., Roff, L.L., & Klemmack, D.  (2006). Secondary traumatic stress and oncology social work: Protecting compassion from fatigue and compromising the worker’s worldview.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 23(4), 1-14.