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Alvin Thomas, Ph.D.

Alvin Thomas
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Co-Director of Center for Excellence in Diversity, Assistant Professor Clinical Psychology

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Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Risk and protective factors for African American youth, Paternal parenting, Father involvement in children's therapy


Ph.D., University of Michigan (2013)
B.A. Morehouse College (2008)


Alvin Thomas, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist whose work focuses on the risk and protective factors for African American boys who are situated in conditions that imperil them toward negative outcomes. This is closely related to his overall interest in ethnic identity, father-son relationships, and mental health in men and boys. His current work explores training gaps in diversity training specifically related to father (nonresident) involvement in service provision to their children. Dr. Thomas is an alumni fellow of the prestigious International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course and Phi Beta Kappa national honor society among others. Dr. Thomas has received numerous awards including the Rackham International Student Fellowship, Patricia Gurin Research Award, first man to receive an award from the Center for the Education of Women, and the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, the last which he used to pilot an intervention aimed at addressing mental health needs of juveniles in state custody in a Caribbean island. His predoctoral internship was completed in the University of Michigan’s Consortium and his postdoctoral fellowship at University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit.

Talks & Lectures: 

Radio Caribbean International – Suicide: Recognizing risks and providing protection in the context of small island communities.

Radio Caribbean International – Understanding Psychology and its applicability to small island communities.

Selected Publications: 

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)

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)

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.

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.

Thomas, A., and Kellom, Gar (2009), Vocational Discernment among Tibetan Buddhist Monks in Dharamsala, India. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 3, 251-268.

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.

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