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Sarah A. Thomas, PhD
Sarah Thomas, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and an assistant professor (research) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, her predoctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and her postdoctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on the use of novel biobehavioral methods—including allelic risk factors, cardiovascular indices, social stress tasks, and neurobiological assessments—to investigate predictors and consequences of adolescent engagement in risk behavior, with an emphasis on substance use. Additionally, she has a line of research investigating how parent-adolescent interactions are related to adolescent risk behaviors. For a US National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research career development award, Dr. Thomas is currently investigating neurobehavioral mechanisms associated with adolescent cannabis use to understand factors that increase vulnerability to addiction in adolescence.
She serves on the editorial board of the psychology journal Assessment and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
- Graduate Degree: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- Graduate Degree: University of Chicago
- Fellowship: Alpert Medical School of Brown University
- Internship: Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
- Child & Family Psychiatry