Valerie Simon

Valerie Simon

Clinical Area Chair

313-664-2540 (lab)

71 E. Ferry
Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute



  • Psychology
  • Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Children & Famiies

Valerie Simon

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • One primary focus of our current research is youth exposure to interpersonal violence. Our research questions concern how and for whom violence exposure undermines psychosocial development during adolescence and emerging adulthood We use a multi-method approach that includes questionnaires, interviews, physiological and virtual reality measures

  • Our research also examines adolescents' romantic and sexual development from a holistic perspective that integrates the risky and rewarding aspects of teens' experiences  We are interested in further elucidating the timing, sequencing, and quality of adolescents' experiences as well as factors the promote or undermine positive development in these key domains of development. Our measurement models include questionnaires as well as novel life history calendar approaches to better understand nuances in age typical and age atpyical experiences

Awards and grants

  • Assessing the Interpersonal Dynamics of Violence Exposure (NIH HD092956)
  • The Interpersonal Dynamics of Violence Exposure and Adolescents' Autonomic Regulation (NIH HD099700)
  • “Adolescents’ dissociative responses to age-normative social stress: links with violence exposure and mental health.” Awarded by the WSU Provost's Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health (SBDH) to Nicole Kouri, M.A.

Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

  • Mentoring of predoctoral research fellows at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
  • Supervision of undergraduate honors theses in Psychology
  • Supervision of undergraduate research experiences (directed study)

Courses taught by Valerie Simon

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022