Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Annie Thomas, PhD, RN

Title/s:  Assistant Professor
Director RN-BSN Program

Office #:  BVM, Room 1012, LSC

Phone: 773.508.2919



PhD Chaudhary Charan Sigh University, India 2005
MSN University of Delhi, India 1998
MA Psychology Annamalai University, India 1996
BSN University of Delhi, India 1990

Teaching Interests

Dr. Thomas teaches in the undergraduate programs at the Niehoff School of Nursing. Her teaching expertise includes research for health professionals and medical surgical nursing. Additionally, the courses she has taught include Pharmacology, Pediatric Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, and Nursing Administration etc. Dr. Thomas has taught in the online programs and had developed online courses for the Accelerated BSN program and RN-BSN program at Loyola University Chicago.

Courses Taught, 2015-2016

GNUR 360 Professional development: Researcher
GNUR 207 Individual, Family, Community, Wellness and Health
GNUR 350 Introduction to Research
GNUR 204 Bridge Course Nursing Concepts

Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications

Research Interests

Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular health, obesity, health promotion, disease prevention, physical activity, adolescent health, health disparity, nursing research dissemination and utilization gap in the developing countries

Ongoing Research Projects

Obesity Prevention Behaviors among Asian Indian Adolescent Females
Dance Intervention to Promote Physical Activity among Asian Indian Adolescent Females


Thomas, A., Ashcraft, A. (2013). Type 2 Diabetes risk among Asian Indians of Kerala Origin. Nursing Research and Practice, 2013 (Article ID 492893,), 8. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nrp/2013/492893/

Thomas, A.  (2000). A study to develop and test the effectiveness of an informational booklet on risk factors of Coronary Heart Disease and Preventive Health Behavior in terms of knowledge and expressed preventive health behavior of high school children.  Indian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 3(1), 67.

Manuscript Reviewer

Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities,Women's Health Issues.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Nursing Association
  • American Public Health Association, IDF - USA
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau International-Alpha Beta
  • Asian Cardiac Nurses Association
  • Mid-West Nursing Research Society
  • Trained Nurses Association of India.


Dr. Thomas’s service experiences include participation in the service learning community projects, both, in India and the US.  She has active participation in the research & practice committee, admission-progression retention committee, undergraduate curriculum committee, among others.  Dr. Thomas is also the research advisor for the International Development Foundation (IDF USA), an organization that serves the poor and underprivileged in the US and in India.  She is also a research abstract reviewer for Southern Nursing Research Society.