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Simons Morton, Bruce

Formal Title:

Senior Investigator


I lead an intramural research group that studies adolescent health behavior, including substance use, social influence, and novice teenage driving





6710B ROCKLEDGE DRIVE Room 3166, MSC 7004
Bethesda ,MD 20817

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Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H., is a senior investigator who joined the NICHD 1992, and was appointed Branch Chief in 1997. His primary research interests are early adolescent problem behavior prevention and the prevention of motor vehicle crashes among novice young drivers. His research focuses on both risk assessment and the development and evaluation of effective interventions. He is the author of over 200 publications, inlcuding 3 books, including Behavior Theory in Health Promotion Practice and Research (Jones & Bartlett, 2011).

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Featured Items:

Simons-Morton, B.G., Haynie, D.L., O’Brien, F., Bible, J., Liu, D.  (2016).  Variability in Measures of Health and Health Behavior Among Emerging Adults One Year After High School According to College Status.  Journal of American College Health.  Sep 23, [Epub] PMID 27661849.

Hingson, R., Zha, W., Simons-Morton, B.G., White, A. (2016).  Alcohol-induced blackouts as predictors of other drinking related harms among emerging young on simulated driving among teenage males. Alcohol Clin Exp Res, 40(4), 776-784., PMID: 27023248.

Simons-Morton, B.G., Klauer, S., Ehsani, J.P., Guo, F., Ouimet, M.C., Lee, S., Albert, P., Dingus, T.  (2015). Naturalistic Teenage Driving Study: Finding and Lessons Learned.  Journal of Safety Research. 54:41-44. PMID: 26403899

Klauer, S., Guo, F., Simons-Morton, B.G., Dingus, T.  (2014). Distracted driving and risk of road crashes Among Novice Teen and experienced Drivers. New England Journal of Medicine, 370(1), 54-59. PMID: 24382065

Simons-Morton, B.G., Guo, F., Klauer, S.G., Ehsani, J.P., Pradhan, A.K. (2014). Keep your eyes on the road: Young driver crash risk increases according to duration of distraction. Journal of Adolescent Health. 54, S61-S67. PMID: 24759443

Falk, E.B., Cascio, C.N., Carp, J., Tinney, F. O’Donnell, M.B., Bingham, R., Shope, J., Pradhan, A.K., Simons-Morton, B.G.  (2014). Neural responses to exclusion predict susceptibility to social influence. Journal of Adolescent Health.  54(5S), S22-S31. PMID: 24759437

Simons-Morton, B. G., Bingham, C. R., Ouimet, M. C., Pradhan, A., Falk, E., Li, K. –G., Green, P., Almani, F., & Shope, J. (2014). Experimental effects of injunctive norms on simulated risky driving among teenage males. Health Psychology, 33(7), 616-627. PMID 24467258


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