Alvin ThomasUniversity of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry

EMPLOYMENT

09/2013 – 09/2015 Clinical Child Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ann Arbor

EDUCATION & TRAINING

08/2008 – 05/2013 Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

08/2011 – 08/2012 University of Michigan Consortium Clinical Internship (APA–accredited)

08/2008 – 12/2010 M.S. (Clinical Psychology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

08/2004 – 05/2008 B.A., Hon. Summa Cum Laude (Psychology), Morehouse College, Atlanta

09/2005 – 12/2005 Visiting Scholar, Saint. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.

CERTIFICATION and LICENSURE

09/2013; 2015 Ph.D./Doctoral Limited License, State of Michigan

02/2011 Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist (TLLP), State of Michigan

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Father-son relationships and behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence:

Violence         Aggression             Mental health (Boys and Men)

Father-son relationship          Nonresident fathers           Masculine and racial identity

Suicide         Adjustment           Intervention

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND GRANTS

2012 Rackham Doctoral Research Grant ($3,000)

Provided support to carry out research related to the dissertation or other projects that advance progress toward the degree

2012 American Psychological Association Travel Award ($300)

National competitive award for first-author graduate student presenters to attend the APA Convention

2012 Rieker Undergraduate Research Support Award ($1500)

Award granted to help fund researchers who actively mentor female undergraduate students

2012 Inducted to the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (University of Michigan Chapter) 

Highly competitive award, which “recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes excellence and diversity in doctoral education and the professoriate”

2011  Patricia Gurin Research Award  ($500)

Competitive award given annually to “graduate students who conduct research in areas of identity, diversity, self-efficacy and control”

2011                 Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award Nomination

Nominated by students and faculty for excellence in teaching

2009 – 2010 Assembly of Scientist/Practitioner Psychologists (ASPP) Learning APA 

Governance Award for 2009  ($1,000)

Nation-wide competitive award to “attend the APA Council meeting in Washington D.C. to become familiar with the governance structure of the APA Council, the caucuses and how they work”

2010  Institute of Survey Research, Summer Research Internship

Competitive internship award that allows a graduate student to conduct research at the ISR

2009 – 2010 Graduate Scholar: Center for the Education of Women  ($5,000)

First male in the 40-year history of the CEW to be awarded one of the prestigious awards to “provide support based on academic merit and demonstrated promise”

2009 Rackham International Student Fellowship  ($7,500)

Prestigious research award meant to “assist outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of ”

2009 Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant  ($1,500)

Provided “support to carry out research that advances progress toward the degree”

2011; 2009 Rackham Graduate Student Travel Grant  ($950; $700)

Provided support for travel to conference locally and internationally

2009 Recruitment Grant: Black Student Psychological Association (BSPA) ($350)

Provide support for conducting exercises to recruitment under-represented minority undergraduates 

2008 Recipient of the Rosenman Scholarship

Award recognizing the top undergraduate student in the Psychology Department (Morehouse College)

2008 Morehouse Psychology Department, Top Ranking Scholar Class of 2008

Award to the Student with the top GPA in psychology for the graduating class

2008 Rodney Clarke Research Award

Award for the top Undergraduate Researcher, Morehouse Department of Psychology

2007 – 2008    Election to Society for Research on Adolescents (SRA) Young Scholar 

Program

MEMBERSHIPS and PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

2013 – Present Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA)

2013 – Present APA (12) – Society for Clinical Psychology

2010 – Present Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE), Max-Planck Research Institute (University of Michigan – Fellow)

2011 – Present APA (51) – Division of Men and Masculinities

2010 – 2011 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

2011 – 2014 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

2009 – Present American Psychological Association: Member (APA) and APAGS

2009 – Present APA (45) Member – Society for the Psychology Study of Ethnic Minority Issues

2009 – 2012 Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA)

2009 – Present American Psychological Science (APS)

2007 – Present Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society, Delta of Georgia Chapter

2007 – Present Elected to Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society, Morehouse College Chapter

2007 – Present Elected to Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society, Morehouse College Chapter

2006 – Present Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Student Affiliate

2006 – Present Elected to Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society, Morehouse College Chapter

JOURNAL REVIEW SERVICE

2014 Sage Open (Reviewer)

2013      Journal of Research on Adolescence (student co-reviewer)

Family Relations (student co-reviewer)

2010        American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (student co-reviewer)

TEACHING

Winter – 2011 (Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychopathology) Graduate Student Instructor: Prepared weekly lesson plans, grade papers and exams for two classes (60 students)

Fall – 2010 (Introduction to Psychopathology) Graduate Student Instructor: Prepared weekly lesson plans, graded papers and exams for two classes (60 students)

2009 – 2010 (Introduction to Psychology) Graduate Student Instructor: Prepared weekly lesson plans, graded papers and exams for two classes (60 students)

Winter – 2010 (Introduction to Psychology) Graduate Student Mentor: Guided activities of other GSIs, and helped structure assessment across sections. Prepared weekly lesson plans, graded papers and exams for two classes (60 students) 

06/2006 Teacher’s Assistant and counselor – Pre-Freshman Summer Program, Morehouse College. 

11/2005 – 05/2006 Curriculum supervisor and director “Reading Champions” (South Fulton Community Coalition)

08/2005Counselor/Teacher, “Camp Ashland”, Ashland Wisconsin

07/2005 Volunteer teacher; After School Program, Ashland YWCA, Ashland, WI.

01/1998 – 07/2004 (Government of St. Lucia) Secondary/Middle and High School Teacher

09/1993 – 07/1995 (Government of St. Lucia) Primary/Elementary School Teacher

COMMITTEE, ORGANIZATIONAL, and VOLUNTEER SERVICE

2010 – 2012 Student Member on the Admission Committee, UM Psychology Clinical Area

2010  Panel Speaker “The Graduate School Application Process” UM Psychology Honors’ Program

2010; 2009  Panel Speaker “The Transition to Graduate School” UM Psychology, New Graduate Student Orientation

2010 Panel Speaker “The Graduate School Application Process” UM Psychology, Student Academic Affairs; Majors Concentration Program

2011 – 2012 Student Member on the Clinical Area’s Graduate Student Admissions Committee

2010 – 2011 Vice President: Black Student Psychological Association

2010 Department Recruiter Accompanying Faculty and Department Chair, UM

Psychology

2013             Ad hoc Reviewer: Journal of Research on Adolescence (student co-reviewer)

2010             Ad hoc Reviewer: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (student co-reviewer)

2009 – 2011 Child Custody Mock trial Expert Witness, UM Child Advocacy Law Clinic

2009 – 2010 Recruitment Chairperson: Black Student Psychological Association

2009 Department of Psychology Honors Undergraduate Research Fair (Poster Judge)

2009 Student Recruiter: Black Student Psychological Association (University of Michigan, LSA)

2009 Department Diversity Committee, University of Michigan, Psychology

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS AND PUBLICATIONS

  1. Thomas, A, Caldwell, H.C., Jagers, R., Flay, B. (2015). It’s in my hood- Perception of

neighborhood safety in African-American boys. Journal of Community Psychology. (In Press)

  1. Thomas, A & Kohn-Wood, L. (2014). Chill, Be Cool Man: African-American Men,

Identity, Coping and Aggressive Ideation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Aug 4 , 2014, No Pagination Specified. doi: 10.1037/a0037545 (In Press)

  1. Miller, E. L., Grabell, A., Thomas, A., Bermann, E. & Graham-Bermann, A. S. (2012).

Child Abuse, Maternal Depression, Gender and Violent Television Contribute to

Sibling Aggression. Psychology of Violence, 2(2), 165-178.

  1. Thomas, A and Kellom, Gar (2009), Vocational Discernment among Tibetan Buddhist

Monks in Dharamsala, India. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 3, 251-268.

  1. Davis, T, Thomas, A, & Sewalish, C. (2006). Exploring the Constructions of

Masculine Identities among St. Lucian Men. Journal of Men’s Studies, 14(3), Fall.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Kohn-Wood, L., & Thomas, A. (2015). Positive Psychology Assessment in African

Americans. Value of Assessing Positive Strengths in African Americans. In Positive Psychology by Hirsh, J. and Chang, E. (In Press)

  1. Weekes, N., & Thomas, A. (2012). Global Trade: A Caribbean Response to Failing

Economies. In Rhaming, M. (Eds.), Critical Essays on Barack Obama: Re-affirming the Hope, Re-vitalizing the Dream (279-285). New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  1. Thomas, A; Caldwell, C., and DeLoney, H.E . (2011). Black Like Me: The Race

Socialization of African American Boys by Nonresident Fathers. In Sullivan, J.

M. & Esmail, A. (Eds.), African American Racial Identity: A Research        

           Exploration Across Disciplines (249-272). Maryland: Lexington Books.

  1. Kellom,G; Cleary, J.C;  Thomas, A;  Nelson, J; Leitch, A;  Wallace, M and Van Rooy, J

(2010) Engaging St. John’s University Men Through International Service and Research. In Kellom, G. & Groth, M. (Eds.), Engaging College Men: Discovering What Works and Why (107-133). Harriman, Tennessee: Men’s Studies Press.

Manuscripts Under Review

  1. Hope, E., Hoggard, L., & Thomas, A. and Muhammed, M. (20XX). Emerging into

adulthood in the face of racial discrimination: Psychological, physiological, and sociopolitical consequences/implications for African American youth

Translational Issues in Psychological Science (TPS) Special Call for Paper

  1. Thomas, A., and Hope, E.C. (XXX). Walking Away Hurt, Walking Around Scared: A

Cluster Analysis of Violence Exposure among Young Black Males.

  1. Thomas, A., Caldwell, C.H., Assari, S., Jagers, J., Flay, B. (XXX). Bad boys or bad

odds: Peer, parent and self-efficacy contributions to the link between

witnessing violence and violent behavior among African-American boys.

  1. Assari, S., and Thomas, A. (XXX). Cross country difference in the effect of diabetes and

chronic conditions on Activities of daily living.

  1. Assari, S., Thomas, A., Caldwell, C., Jagers, R., & Flay, B. (XXX). Gender differences

in the Trajectory of Sexual Efficacy among African American youth.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  1. Ewell-Foster, C., Horwitz, A.G., Burnside, A.N., Thomas, A., Opperman, K., Gipson, P., &

King, C.A. (2XXX). Relations Between Family, School, Community, and Peer Connectedness and Suicide-Related Outcomes in At-Risk Youth.

  1. Thomas, A; Berona, J; Opperman, K; Gipson, P; Inyang, M., & King, C.A. (2XXX). Youth

bully victimization and perpetration experiences in relation to conduct disordered and risky behaviors.

  1. Thomas, A., Assari, S., Susperreguy, M. I., Caldwell, C. and DeLoney, H.E . (20XX).

Age difference in the effect of non-resident father’s involvement on risky behaviors among African American youth.

  1. Thomas, A., Berona, J., Opperman, K., Gipson, P., & King, C. (2XXX). Youth bully

victim and perpetration experiences in relation to conduct disordered and risky behaviors.

  1. Thomas, A., & Cain, A. (20XX). Our Throw Away Children: Extending and Developing

Interventions in the Caribbean; Working with High Risk Populations.

  1. Thomas, A; Rogers, W., Caldwell, C and DeLoney, H.E . (20XX). Correlates of

Nonresident African-American Fathers’ Satisfaction with Involvement:

Depressive Symptoms, Co-Parenting and Racial Identity

INVITED PRESENTATIONS 

03/26/2014 Radio Saint Lucia – Suicide: Recognizing risks and providing protection in the context of small island communities.

03/19/2014 Radio Saint Lucia – Understanding Psychology and its applicability to small island communities.

09/2012 Kids’ Club & Mom’s Empowerment Implementation Training: An Evidence-Informed Intervention for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, (Sept., 2012), Ann Arbor.

04/2013 Co-Facilitator “Community Health, Culture, and Services” a cross-disciplinary dialogue and next steps, based on screening of film “American Promise”.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  1. Birichi, D., Kohn-Wood, L., Thomas, A., & Choi, E. (2015). Intersectional Identities:

Coping as a Moderator of the Association between Race/Gender Profiles and Depressive Symptoms among African American Women. Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood 7th Biennial Conference. Miami, FL.

  1. Caldwell, H.C., Assari, S., Thomas, A. (2014). Enhancing Racial Identity and Prosocial

Intentions in African American Boys Through a Parenting Program for Nonresident Fathers. SRCD Biennial Meeting. 2015. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Accepted)

  1. Thomas, A (2014). Gender differences in violence. Caribbean Conference on Domestic

Violence & Gender Equality. Montego Bay, Jamaica

  1. Ewell Foster, C., Horwitz, A., Burnside, A., Thomas, A., Opperman, K., Gipson, P., &

King, C. (2014). Relations Between Family, School, Community, and Peer Connectedness and Suicide-Related Outcomes in At-Risk Youth. American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. Los Angeles, California.

  1. Assari, S., Thomas, A., Jagers, R., Flay, B. (2014). Gender differences in trajectory of

self-efficacy to avoid violence among African-American adolescents. SRA Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas.

  1. (Chair) Symposium: “Exploring their lives: Possible precursors of violent behavior in

African-American males”, Division 51. APA 2013. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Papers:

Thomas, A; Caldwell, C., Jagers, R., and Flay, B. (2013). It’s in My Hood:

Predicting Parent-Child Differences in Perception of Neighborhood Safety for African-American Boys.

Thomas, A., Hope, E. (2013). You Don’t Know My Story: A Conditional Effects

Approach to Understanding Social Stressors in Relation to Violence Exposure of Young Black Males.

  1. Jones, S.,  Anderson, R., Thomas, A., & Hussain, S. (July, 2012). From Discrimination

to Altercation: The Role of Coping on Black Adolescent Males’ Aggression. Paper presented at the Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.

  1. (Chair) Symposium: “Innovative Research with Diverse Fathers”, Division 51. APA 

2012. Orlando, Florida.

Paper:

Thomas, A; Rogers, W., Caldwell, C and DeLoney, H.E . (2012). Understanding

Nonresident Father Involvement: Co-parenting, Depressive Symptoms and Racial Identity.

  1. (Chair) Symposium: “Fostering Positive Development, Fostering Strength: Parenting

practices and child mental health in African American Families”, 2012 APA Division 45 Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Paper:

Thomas, A., Susperreguy, M. I., Caldwell, C. and DeLoney, H.E . (2012). The

effect of non-resident father’s involvement on risky behaviors among African American youth

  1. Thomas, A.; Cain, (2011). Our Throw Away Children: Extending and Developing

Interventions in the Caribbean; Working with High Risk Populations. Psychological Sciences and Well-Being: Building Bridges for Tomorrow. Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology. Nassau, Bahamas.

  1. Thomas, A; Caldwell, C. and DeLoney, H.E . (2011). Black Like Me: The Race

Socialization of African American Boys by Nonresident Fathers.  Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE), Max-Planck Research Institute Fall Academy, Bergun, Switzerland.

  1. Thomas, A; Birditt, K; Webser, N and Antonnuci, T. (2011). The Buffering Effect of

Social Relations on the Stress-Depression Relationship in Children. American Psychological Society: Washington DC.

  1. Thomas, A; Birditt, K; Webser, N and Antonnuci, T. (2010). Life Course: Evolutionary

and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE), Max-Planck Research Institute Fall Academy, Berlin-Schwanenwerder.

  1. Thomas, A and Kohn-Wood, L. (2010). Beyond caricatures of pathology: African

American men, identity and coping.  Association of Psychological Science Annual Convention • Boston.

  1. Thomas, A; Ward, J, Caldwell, C (2010). If walls could talk: The influence of

depressive symptomatology, perceived mastery, and racial identity on fathers’

racial socialization and communication with their sons. APA Division 45, Ann 

Arbor.

  1. Ward, J; Tsuchiya, K; Thomas, A and Caldwell, C (2010). Religiosity of Nonresident

Fathers and their Parental Involvement. APA Division 45, Ann Arbor. 

  1. Miller, E. L., Grabell, A., Thomas, A., Bermann, E. & Graham-Bermann, A. S. (2010).

Child Abuse, Maternal Depression, Gender and Violent Television Contribute to Sibling Aggression.  Association of Psychological Science Annual Convention• Boston.

  1. Thomas, A and Kohn-Wood, Laura. (2009). Beyond caricatures of pathology: African

American men, identity and coping.  Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood • Atlanta, Georgia.

  1. Thomas, A., Wargo-Aikins, Julie., Bohnert, M. Amy., and Litwack, D. Scott. (2008).

The Role of Extra-Curricular Activity Involvement in Influencing School Engagement Across the Transition to High School.  SRA Biennial Meeting • Chicago, Illinois.

  1. Thomas, A. (2007) Exploring the Constructions of Masculine Identities among St.

Lucian Men. DiscussantConference and Workshop at the University of the West Indies.

  1. Thomas, A. (2007) The Strength of a Morehouse/SJU exchange Experience. Annual

Conference on the College Male College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University,

Minnesota 

  1. Thomas, A. (2007) Derek Walcott, The Divided Adam. 8th International Conference on

Caribbean Literature held in St. Lucia.

  1. Thomas, A. (2006) Exploring the Constructions of Masculine Identities among St.

Lucian Men, a video  and discussion breakout presentation session. Annual Conference on the College Male College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota.

  1. Thomas, A. ( 2006) Derek Walcott, The Divided Adam.  8th International Conference on

Caribbean Literature held in Haiti.

  1. Thomas, A. (2005) The Morehouse College-St. John’s University Domestic Exchange

Program. Conference on the College Male College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minnesota.

  1. Thomas, A. (2002) The Role of Corporate Citizens in Education.  Regional gathering of

educators and partners in education on the theme: “La’ Famille et L’Ecole dans La Caraïbe” (The Family and the School in The Caribbean).  Hosted by L’U.P.E.M., Union of Parents and Educators of Martinique.  More than 10 countries represented.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

POST-DOCTORAL EXPERIENCE

2013 – 2015 University of Michigan Health System (APA – accredited)

Clinical Child Psychology Resident

– Setting: University Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic

– Psychological Assessment, Individual psychotherapy, family therapy,

parenting work

Populations Served: Children and families

– Rotations:

  • Ypsilanti Community Health (Under-served population)
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Clinic
  • Trauma and Grief Clinic
  • Psychological
  • Dialectic Behavior Therapy (Group rotation)
  • Assessment rotation
  • Practicum Supervision

PREDOCTORAL INTERNSHIP

2011 – 2012 University of Michigan Clinical Consortium (APA – accredited)

Core rotation: University of Michigan Center for the Child and Family

– Setting: University Clinic

– Populations Served: Children and families

– Services: Psychological Assessment, Individual psychotherapy, family therapy, parenting work

Elective rotation: St. Mary’s Mercy Behavioral Outpatient Clinic

– Setting: Outpatient Clinic

– Populations Served: Children and families

– Services: Psychological Assessment, Individual psychotherapy, family therapy, parenting work

CLINICAL PRACTICA

09/2010 University of Michigan Center for the Child and Family

– Setting: University Clinic

– Populations Served: Children and families

– Services: Individual psychotherapy, family therapy, parenting work

09/2009 – 09/2010 University of Michigan Autism & Communication Disorders Center

– Setting: University Clinic

– Populations Served: Adults and children on the Autism Spectrum

– Services: Social group, individual psychotherapy and social skills work

01/2009 University of Michigan with Safe House Center – Kids Club

– Setting: Domestic Violence Crisis Center

– Populations Served: Young children exposed to Intimate Partner

Violence

– Services: Social Group

01/2008 University of Michigan with Safe House Center – Kids Club

– Setting: University Clinic

– Populations Served: Young children exposed to Intimate Partner

Violence

– Services: Child Interviews and assessment

RESEARCH PROJECTS

2014 – Present    Fathers and Sons Clinical Translation Project PI: Alvin Thomas, Ph.D.; Co-

P.I. Cleopatra Caldwell Ph.D.; Cheryl King, Ph.D.; Cindy Ewell-Foster, Ph.D.; Rohan Jeremiah, Ph.D

The study investigates ways to help clinicians improve interactions with fathers of children who present for therapy. The project uses best practices and lessons learned from the Fathers’ and Sons’ study.

2013 – Present    Suicide Prevent Program (Let’s Connect), PI: Cheryl King, Ph.D.

Participating in regular lab meetings, collaborating and conducting research on

suicide prevention among a community sample of youth recruited from the

emergency department of a small Midwestern U.S. city. Exploring how

increasing youth community connectedness may play a role is reducing suicide

behaviors among teenagers.

2010 – Present    Flint Fathers’ and Sons’ Project, PI: Cleopatra Caldwell, Ph.D. Participating in

regular lab meetings, collaborating and conducting research on nonresident

African-American father and their relationship with their sons. Exploring how

improving their relationship can reduce risky behaviors i.e. violence, drug use,

early sexual initiation.

2009 – Present    The Emotion Management Project. Testing of a short term intervention

program among boys at a group home in St. Lucia. (Albert Cain; faculty 

    Supervisor) PI: Alvin Thomas, B.A.

07/2008     Lead a research team to Tibet, India and Nepal, to collect data on Tibetan

Buddhist Monks’ approach to vocational discernment (St. John’s University, MN). PI: Gar Kellom, Ph.D.

2005-2006   Saint. John’s University International Masculinities Project: Collected qualitative data from St. Lucia, related to the construction of masculine identity in college-aged males (Saint. John’s University, MN). P.I.: Gar Kellom, Ph.D.

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