Kelsey Simons

Dr. Kelsey Simons

Social Work Scientist Rotman Resesarch Institute, Baycrest

Assistant Professor (Status Only) Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Mental health and aging, psychosocial care in long-term care, social work workforce in aging, and nursing home social work

Research Focus

My major research focus concerns the quality of psychosocial care in long-term care homes. This includes studying the impact of social work and inter-professional staffing, training, and psychosocial care processes on resident health, mental health and behavioral outcomes. Secondly, I am interested in training and workforce issues among social workers in aging. As the population ages, there is an increased need for social workers and other health professionals with clinical expertise in gerontology.


Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Pilot implementation of mental health guidelines in a long-term care home. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education Huijbregts M, Sokoloff LG, Feldman S, Conn DK, Simons K, Walsh L, Dunal L, Goodman R, Khatri, N 1328072400 Journal Article
Envisioning quality psychosocial care in nursing homes: the role of social work. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association Simons K, Bern-Klug M, An S 1325394000 Journal Article
Gerontological social workers' perceived efficacy for influencing client outcomes. Journal of gerontological social work Bonifas R, Gammonley D, Simons K 1325394000 Journal Article
Psychosocial assessment of nursing home residents via MDS 3.0: recommendations for social service training, staffing, and roles in interdisciplinary care. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association Simons K, Connolly RP, Bonifas R, Allen PD, Bailey K, Downes D, Galambos C 1325394000 Journal Article
Commitment of licensed social workers to aging practice Health & Social Work Simons K, Bonifas R, Gammonley D 1325307600 Journal Article
Palliative care in long-term care settings Textbook of Palliative Social Work Bern-Klug M, Simons K 1304568000 Book Chapter
Activities Adaptation & Aging Gerontological social work in small towns and rural communities Simons K 1240286400 Book Chapter
Social work students' comfort for end-of-life care Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care Simons K, Park E 1239163200 Journal Article
Social work student interest in nursing home employment: A North American study Journal of Gerontological Social Work Simons K, Bonifas R 1238558400 Journal Article
Social work services contribute to psychosocial resilience in LTC GERONTOLOGIST Bern-Klug M, Simons K, Zlotnik JL 1227243600 Abstract
Advancing the evidence base for social work in long-term care: The disconnect between practice and research Social Work in Health Care Simons K, Shepherd N, Munn J 1210564800 Journal Article
Factors influencing nursing home social workers' intentions to quit employment Administration in Social Work Simons K, Jankowski T 1199163600 Journal Article
Nursing Homes Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging Vourlekis B, Simons K 1136091600 Book Chapter
Organizational Characteristics Influencing Nursing Home Social Service Directors' Qualifications: A National Study Health & Social Work Simons KV 1136091600 Journal Article
Special Section: Innovations In Gerontological Social Work Education Factors Affecting Willingness Of Social Work Students To Accept Jobs In Aging Journal of Social Work Education Curl AL, Simons K, Larkin H 1104555600 Journal Article


  • 2005: PhD , University of Maryland, School of Social Work Baltimore (Dissertation: Factors influencing nursing home social workers’ quitting intentions)
  • 1998: MSW , Physical and mental health, Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
  • 1993: BA , Sociology, Magna Cum Laude, Binghamton University Binghamton, NY

Academic Appointments

  • 2006–Present: Social Work Scientist, Rotman Resesarch Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2007–Present: Assistant Professor (Status Only), Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto




      Distinctions and Awards

        Research Projects


        • 2009–2012: Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment among Ontario's Social Workers in Health and Aging
          Collaborators: Principal investigator: Simons,K.

          Sponsors: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 90,962

          Standard Research Grant
        • 2007–2009: Implementation of the Best Practice Guidelines of the Canadian Coalition of Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH): Focus on Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long Term Care Homes
          Collaborators: Huijbregts, M. & Feldman, S.; Simons, K.
          Institutions: Interprofessional Care/ Education Fund, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care

          Sponsors: HealthForce Ontario, 170,578

          Grant#: ICEF0708002
        • 2003–2005: Cultivate the next generation of geriatric research scholars and professors

          Sponsors: Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program, 60,000

          Two year fellowship
        • 2012: Pilot Study: Psychosocial Services in Ontario's Long-term Care Homes

          Sponsors: SSHRC, 3,672 (CAD)

          Research Grant

        Curriculum Vitae


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