Jazmyne Simmons earned her B.A. degrees in Psychology and Criminology from the University of South Florida.

While studying at USF she worked for a year 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. During her time at CDC she assessed effective social marketing strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in low-socioeconomic areas and school systems.

Most recently, Simmons worked as a Minority AIDS Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health-Leon. Where she focused her efforts on reducing HIV/AIDS in the African American, Hispanic and LGBTQ communities.

Her research interests include entertainment education, interpersonal communication, intrapersonal communication and intercultural communication. Jazmyne’s time with the Department of Health served as a catalyst for her research interests in the use of media and entertainment for HIV/AIDS prevention and stigma reduction.

In her spare time, Simmons enjoys making YouTube videos, exploring new cuisine and spending time with family.