Cecilia Thomas, Ph.D.
Cecilia Thomas, PhD, LMSW-AP is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas. She has taught across the curriculum in areas such as policy, human diversity, and practice courses. Prior to a career in academia, Dr. Thomas had 20 plus years of extensive practice experience in mental health, child welfare, and medical social work practice. Other experiences have primarily been in the areas of program development and administration. Research has primarily focused on conditions that impact vulnerable diverse and marginalized populations to address physical / psychological well-being, and social functioning across the life course.
Most recently, her scholarship has focused on trauma of older adults to explore health, psychological well-being, and social functioning that influence coping or adaptation outcomes. These efforts seek to understand best practices as well as those processes that impact resiliency. Dr. Thomas is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work and recipient of the Mit Joyner BPD AGESW Leadership Award by the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW).