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Simeonsson, Rune

Professor of School Psychology and Early Childhood Education

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“State parties recognize that a mentally or physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child’s active participation in the community”

– Article 23, U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child


Rune J. Simeonsson holds appointments as a research professor of psychology and fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. His academic preparation and professional background reflect the intersection of child development, special education and public health, particularly the developmental and psychological characteristics of children and youth with chronic conditions and disabilities. Simeonsson teaches graduate students in the areas of psychological and developmental assessment, prevention and intervention approaches, child development and disability, and research design and analysis.

Simeonsson’s scholarship focuses on the assessment of child functioning and development and physical and social ecologies as they relate to health, education and well-being. His research includes studies of the role of school and community environments on school participation of students and analyses of the developmental progress of young children with data collected from the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study.

Actively engaged in international work related to the development and education of children, Simeonsson worked with the World Health Organization to develop a version of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth. In addition, he and his European counterpart are directing a training project on early childhood intervention involving five European and three U.S. universities. These activities contribute to the exchange of students and instruction as well as collaborative projects and scholarship on relevant universal issues.

Educational Background

  • M.S.P.H. 1992 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Public Health
  • Ph.D. 1971 - George Peabody College, Psychology
  • M.A. 1967-68 - George Peabody College, Special Education
  • M.A.T. 1966 - University of Chattanooga, Education and Psychology
  • B.A. 1963 - Tennessee Temple College, Psychology

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ph.D. in School Psychology

Research Interests

  • Development & Disability
  • Primary Prevention
  • Developmental Assessment & Evaluation

Teaching Areas

  • School Psychology


  • EDUC 709: Seminar in Applied Investigations
  • EDUC 718: Psychoeducational Assessment
  • EDUC 719: Behavioral Intervention in Counseling and School Psychology
  • EDUC 721: Externship in School Psychology
  • EDUC 762: Child Development and Disability

Honors & Awards

  • National Institute of Mental Health Graduate Fellowship
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Fellowship
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Who's Who in the South and Southeast
  • Who's Who in American Education
  • 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Peabody College-Vanderbilt University

Funded Research

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Association on Disability and Health

Selected Publications

Adolfsson, M. Simeonsson, R. J., Sauer-Lee, A. & Ellingsen, K. (in press). Major life areas. In A. Majnemer Ed. Clinical and Research Measures for Children with Developmental Disability: Framed by the ICF-CY. London: MacKeith Press

Castro, S., Lewis, S. & Simeonsson, R. J. (in press). General tasks and demands of children. In A. Majnemer Ed. Clinical and Research Measures for Children with Developmental Disability: Framed by the ICF-CY. London: MacKeith Press

Maia, M., Miller, K. & Simeonsson, R. J. (in press). Domestic life. In A. Majnemer Ed.Clinical and Research Measures for Children with Developmental Disability: Framed by the ICF-CY. London: MacKeith Press

Simeonsson, R. J., Sauer-Lee, A., Granlund, M. & Bjorck-Akesson, E. (2010) Developmental and health assessments in habilitation with the ICF-CY. In E. Mpofu and T. Oakland (eds). Rehabilitation and health assessment: applying ICF guidelines. New York: Springer. Pgs. 27-46.

Simeonsson, R. J. (2009). Classifying functional manifestations of ectodermal dysplasias. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 149A (9) 2014-2019.

Simeonsson, R. J. (2009). ICF-CY: a universal for documentation of disability. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. 6(2) 70-72.

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