Zachary R. Simoni is an Assistant Professor of Sociology with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He teaches Introduction to Sociology and Research Methods as well as a variety of other sociological topics. He joined the department in the Fall of 2019 after serving as a Senior Lecturer for three years with the University of Texas at Dallas. Before that, he received his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is driven by a passion for innovative sociological research and inspiring students to develop the sociological imagination.


• PhD Sociology University of Alabama at Birmingham
• MA Sociology Northern Illinois University
• BA Sociology North Central College

Research Interests

I specialize in Medical Sociology. In particular, I use the sociological perspective to study the social determinants of health, the medicalization of society, and the doctor/patient interaction. I am driven by a passion to better understand how social forces affect public health and finding ways to remedy those social problems. Thus, I am keenly interested community health and finding ways to reduce health disparities in the Chattanooga area.

Teaching Philosophy and Interests

I aim to foster critical thinking skills and empathy through active learning and experiential learning teaching methods. I am most passionate about Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, and the Sociology of Health. I bring a passionate, patient and prepared teaching demeanor to my classes and believe this helps my students reach their academic goals.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

Zachary R. Simoni and Shawn Bauldry. 2018. “Moving During Adolescence and Depressive Symptoms: The Role of Social Support.” Youth and Society. 0044118X18757149.

Zachary R. Simoni. 2017. “Medicalization, Normalization and Performance Edge: Teachers’ Attitudes about ADHD Medication Use and the Influence of Race and Social Class.” Sociological Perspectives: 0731121417691050.

Zachary R. Simoni, Michelle Y. Martin, Jennifer Wenzel, Elise D. Cook, Badrinath. 2017. Konety, Selwyn M. Vickers, Moon S. Chen Jr. Mona N. Foaud, Reagan W. Durant. “A Qualitative Study of Motivations for Minority Recruitment in Cancer Clinical Trials across 5 NCI Designated Cancer Centers.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-7.

Zachary R. Simoni and Patricia Drentea. 2016. “Academic Ethic, SES and Medication for ADHD: A Multivariate Analysis of ADHD Medication Rates and Socioeconomic Status.” Sociological Focus. 49(2):148-162.

Zachary R. Simoni. 2016. “Do Social Skills Mediate the Relationship Between ADHD and Depression?” Sociological Spectrum. 36(2): 109-122.

Zachary R. Simoni, Philip A. Gibson, Shelia R. Cotten, Kristi L. Stringer, and Latoya O'Neal-Coleman. 2016 .Does Place Matter for Computer Use among Elementary Students? The Impact of Concentrated Poverty on Computer Use Trajectory.” Journal of Urban Technology. 1-19.

What do you do for fun?

I love to play guitar and make music. I’m a big fan of classic rock, alternative and jazz. In addition, I stay active and like to run, practice yoga and play hockey whenever I can. Aside from that, I hang out with my wife and our cats.