Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Elaine A. Thomas is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical Medical Psychology Doctoral Program in the College of Health Professions.
She received her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in Clinical Psychology from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She received an M.S. in Applied Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and received additional postdoctoral training in treatment of child sexual abuse and child trauma at EMQ Children and Family Services in San Jose, California. In 2016, she completed a continuing education certificate program in Primary Care Behavioral Health, conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Integrated Care.
Dr. Thomas has a broad range of experience serving the mental health needs of children and families in a variety of contexts. These include private practice, the largest multi-service agency in Northern California, two community mental health centers, a children's hospital, a college counseling center, and a residential treatment program for juvenile offenders. She maintains a part-time private practice in Marietta, GA. She has taught doctoral clinical psychology students since 2005.
Classes taught at Mercer include Lifespan Development, Clinical Interviewing, Child Maltreatment, Individual and Cultural Diversity and Practicum Seminar.
Dr. Thomas’ areas of clinical and research interest include child mental health conditions, child trauma treatment, treatment of anxiety disorders, culturally sensitive assessment and intervention, and psychosocial effects of chronic illness in children and families.
She is an active member of the Georgia Psychological Association and has previously served as a Board member and on several committees. Elected fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association in 2013, she currently serves on its Ethics Committee.