Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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Thomas, Anita

Title/s: Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Community Counseling, Counseling Psychology, School Counseling

Office #: Lewis Towers 1108, WTC

Phone: 312.915.7403

E-mail: athoma9@luc.edu

CV Link: Thomas-CV

Degrees

Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Program Areas

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Community Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School Counseling 

Research Interests

  • Racial identity, racial socialization and parenting issues for African Americans
  • Stereotypical roles and images of African-American women
  • Gendered racial socialization and mother-daughter relationships
  • Identity development of ethnic minority girls.

Most of my research follows my teaching interest in social identity development, particularly of African American youth. I have two general research areas. First, I am interested in racial identity development of African American youth, and racial socialization processes in families. This research has led to the development of a curriculum, PRIDE, and the research team has been engaged in outcome studies with youth. We are adding a parent component and plan to broaden the study to include racial socialization processes.

The second general area is critical consciousness development in youth. Critical consciousness is used in the multicultural literature as the process of being able to critically assess or evaluate experiences of oppression. There are several components to this skill or ability. First, is the awareness of inequity and oppression. Second is the ability to understand others' perspectives or thoughts. Third is the ability to deconstruct experiences of oppression as they occur. I have developed a scale that measures this psychological process, and will be engaging in studies to continue scale development.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
    - Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology)
    - Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)
    - Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) 
       - Task Force on Resilience and Strength of Black Children and Adolescents

Courses Taught

  • CPSY 423 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • CPSY 433 Counseling Special Populations
  • CPSY 435 Selected Topics in Counseling, Introduction to School Counseling
  • CPSY 440 Counseling Practicum