Faculty and Staff
Annie Thomas, PhD, RN
Title/s: Assistant Professor
Office #: BVM, Room 1012, LSC
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.
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.
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.