Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Diana I. Simeonova, Dipl.-Psych., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Originally from Bulgaria, Dr. Simeonova received her undergraduate and Dipl.-Psych. graduate degrees in 1) Clinical Psychology, 2) Work, Industrial, and Organizational Psychology, and 3) Psychiatry at the University of Hamburg in Germany. She then worked in NIMH-funded clinical research settings at Stanford University and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. studies in Clinical Psychology at Emory University. She also conducted randomized controlled trials in children with severe mental illness in Atlanta and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Mood Program at Emory.
Dr. Simeonova is a licensed clinical psychologist and works within a broad integrative framework grounded in evidence-based approaches to clinical treatment. She keeps a tight pairing between her clinical and research interests. She is the recipient of a T32 NIMH predoctoral research fellowship in translational clinical science, a New Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology ASCP/NCDEU, and travel awards from the Society of Biological Psychiatry and other professional organizations. Her current program of research is supported by a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
Children of parents with mental illness are at an elevated familial risk for the development of psychopathology. Dr. Simeonova’s research is focused on resilience, risk, and social-emotional neurodevelopmental factors in this vulnerable population. The overarching goal of her research is to understand the mechanisms contributing to adaptive and maladaptive developmental trajectories and to inform the development of novel evidence-based prevention and early intervention treatment approaches for high-risk children and their families. Currently, Dr. Simeonova is conducting longitudinal studies of mother-child dyads of mothers with bipolar disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders from pregnancy until early childhood.