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Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Annie Thomas, PhD, RN

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: BVM, Room 1012, LSC

Phone: 773.508.2919

E-mail: athomas4@luc.edu

Research Interests

Type 2 diabetes risk assessment and preventative measures among Asian Indian adults; obesity prevention behaviors among Asian Indian adolescents; immigrant health; cross cultural studies; knowledge related to risk factors of Coronary Heart Disease and preventative measures among adolescents; dissemination and utilization gap of nursing research in India and addressing the barriers.

Annie Thomas’s research interest is in the area of primary and secondary prevention of Type 2 diabetes and coronary Heart Disease among Asian Indian population. Obesity is a critical health concern facing children and adolescents world-wide. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors are reported to be high in Asian Indians living in the United States. Given that most obese adolescents become obese adults, it is critical that prevention of overweight be initiated prior to adulthood. Annie’s current research focus is to understand the obesity prevention behaviors among Asian Indian adolescents in the US and to institute obesity/overweight intervention strategies in reducing the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease in later life. Dr. Thomas has mentored many undergraduate nursing students in completing the group research projects and research presentations in the US and abroad.

Teaching

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.

Service

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

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Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Undergraduate Programs: 1032 West Sheridan Road, BVM Hall, 8th Floor, Room 800, Chicago, IL 60660 · 773.508.3249

Graduate Programs: Medical Center Campus · 2160 South First Avenue, Building 125-4500, Maywood, IL 60153 · 708.216.9101

Health Sciences Division: Loyola University Chicago, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153 · http://www.LUC.edu/hsd

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