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Thomas, Anita

Title/s: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Research; 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

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

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School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
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