Commander Erin M. Simmons, USN (posthumous)
Hero of Military Medicine Honoree
CDR Erin M. Simmons, MSC, USN passed away on August 21, 2018. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Linda Golob and Allan Eudell on January 8, 1976.
CDR Erin Simmons earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University in New York and completed her clinical internship at what is now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in 2004. She has served as a psychologist in the Navy for the past 15 years and 2 months, including tours at Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, North Carolina; and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California. She was embedded in Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC)-West from 2013-2015 before transferring to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she has served for the past 2 years as Division Officer of OASIS, the Navy’s only Residential PTSD Program.
CDR Simmons deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004-2005 with the Marine Corps’ First Medical Battalion; and to Ramadi, Iraq in 2008 with the Army's 62nd Task Force, 56th Brigade. She conducted “Battlefield Rounds” with MARSOC Marines & Sailors in the Afghanistan provinces of Herat and Helmond in 2013; and she led the mental health crisis response mission in Yokosuka, Japan following the USS FITZGERALD collision in June 2017. CDR Simmons has created and directed 3 manualized intensive outpatient programs addressing PTSD, mild TBI, and general mental health. She has also presented, lectured, and written extensively about PTSD, Deployment Psychology, and military women's and family issues; as well as Disaster Psychology and Compassion Fatigue, in the interests of helping civilian and military professionals to improve the care and service of America's Warriors.
CDR Simmons was most recently deployed on the USNS MERCY from January - July 2018. In Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam she conducted 20 mental health seminars which increased the clinical capacity of these host nations. In addition, onboard USNS MERCY, she created the Resiliency Program Series which improved the coping and stress management skills of over 100 Sailors.
Her adventurous personality drove her love of traveling, motorcycling and martial arts. Erin was a devoted wife, loving daughter and cherished friend. She is survived by her husband, Jesse; Father, Allan; Mother, Linda; Brother, Jared; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.