Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas

Professor of Psychology, Director of Urban Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Thomas is a Professor of Psychology and Plough Chair of Urban Studies. Her research with undergraduate students focuses on learning and civic engagement, the role of arts in community building, and participatory strategies for research and action with youth.

Selected Publications

Kloos, B., Hill, J., Thomas, E., Wandersman, A., Case, A., & Scott, V. (2020). Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities, 4th edition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Thomas, E., Walton, M., Baker-Olson, A.*, Blaber, I.*, Parker, R.*, & Becton, M.* (in press). Collaborative agency in civic and community engagement: Narratives of college students working toward generative partnerships. Journal of Adolescent Research.

Thomas, E., Walton, M., Manoogian, A*, Baker-Olson, A.*, Branch, B.*, & Malpert, A.*, Henderson, K.*, & Parker, R.* (2019). Undergraduate community psychology research practice: The story of the Community Narrative Research Project at Rhodes College. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 10, 1, 1-22.

Main, N.*, Emelue, C.*, Malabanan, E.*, Malpert, A.*, Hoffman, S., Walton, M., & Thomas, E. (2016). The Community Narrative Research Project: Undergraduate students examining their own and others’ experiences of civic engagement over time. The Community Psychologist, 49, 1, 5-8. 

Thomas, E., Pate, S.*, and Ranson, A.* (2015). The crosstown initiative: Art, community, and placemaking in Memphis. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55, 74-88.

Hill, J., Kloos, B., Thomas, E., & Wandersman, A. (2015). Prevention science. International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition.

Dalton, J., Hill, J., Thomas, E. & Kloos, B. (2012). Community psychology. In I. B. Weiner (Series Ed.) & D. K. Freedheim (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of psychology: Vol. 1. History of psychology (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley. 

Weiner (Series Ed.) & D. K. Freedheim (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of psychology: Vol. 1. History of psychology (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley. 

Kloos, B., Hill, J., Thomas, E., Wandersman, A., Dalton, J., & Elias, M. (2012). Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities, 3rd edition. Cengage Publishing.

Langhout, R., & Thomas, E. (2010). Imagining participatory action research in collaboration with children: An introduction. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 60-66.

Thomas, E., & Mulvey, A. (2008). Using the arts in teaching and learning: Building student capacity for community-based work in health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 2, 239-250.

Thomas, E., Place, N., & Hillyard, C. (2008). Students and teachers learning to see: Using visual images in the college classroom to promote student capacities and skills. College Teaching, 56, 1, 23-27.

Thomas, E., & Gillespie, D. (2008). Weaving together undergraduate research, assessment, and mentoring of junior faculty: The case of an interdisciplinary program. Innovative Higher Education, 33, 1, 29-38.

Thomas, E. (2007). Student engagement and learning in a community-based arts classroom. Teachers College Record, 109, 3, 770-796.

Education

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Psychology, Georgetown University (Phi Beta Kappa)