Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons, PhD, also known as Dr. Antoinette, began working at Sierra Tucson in 2008 providing psychometric assessment and interpretation, in addition to developing psycho-educational curricula for Sierra Tucson’s Pain Recovery Program. During 2009, she created and implemented the bio/neurofeedback program into the Sierra Tucson treatment process, utilizing integrative psychoneurophysiological therapeutics delivered by a talented team of Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) professionals. Beginning in 2013, Dr. Antoinette spearheaded Sierra Tucson’s outcomes research platform with the aim of assessing patient progress in the short and long term, post-discharge. She currently oversees the psychology department as well, providing direction to further integrate psychological consultation and psychometric evaluation to support Sierra Tucson’s treatment teams in their efforts to provide excellent patient care.
Dr. Antoinette received her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, where her training emphasized behavioral medicine, clinical research, and neuropsychology. She has authored several scientific publications addressing psychological correlates of cancer quality of life, program development, and patient treatment decision-making. Her enthusiasm as a scientist/practitioner is not only to support and educate patients toward resiliency, quality of life enhancement, and stress reduction and management, but also to continue one of her passions in life: to be part of multidisciplinary teams that collaborate on integrating cutting-edge modalities aimed to enhance the mind-body connection.