Jazmyne Simmons earned her B.A. degrees in Psychology and Criminology with honors from the University of South Florida.
While studying at USF she worked as a research intern with Moffitt Cancer and Research Center in the Tobacco Research Intervention Program; where she conducted experimental studies on the psychophysiological correlation of alcohol and tobacco use.
Simmons later attended Florida A&M University where she earned her Master of Public Health degree from the Institute of Public Health. While attaining her MPH, she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. During her time at CDC she assessed effective social marketing strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in low-socioeconomic areas and school systems.
After earning her MPH, Simmons worked as a Minority AIDS Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health-Leon. In this capacity, she focused her efforts on reducing HIV/AIDS in the African American, Hispanic and LGBTQ communities.
Currently, Jazmyne is a 3rd year Ph.D. health communication scholar at the University of Miami in the School of Communication. Committed to addressing the HIV/AIDS disparity among communities of color, Simmons serves as the lead researcher on a program of funded research evaluating entertainment education for HIV prevention, stigma reduction and status disclosure. Within this role, Jazmyne serves as the research evaluator for the 90 DAYS short film, executively produced by Jussie Smollett, Nathan Hale Williams and Richard E. Pelzer, II.
Simmons is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new cuisine, watching old Westerns and spending time with family.
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