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Dr.  Jennifer  J.  Thomas

Associate Professor
Psychology

                                                                                                                                                                            
Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology, received her BS from Bucknell University, her MA in psychology from Wake Forest University, and her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Purdue University.  She teaches courses in Developmental Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Research Methods, the Psychology of Gender, and Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Thomas has several areas of research interest.  First, she investigates factors associated with college students’ interest and engagement in gender-based and political activism. Dr. Thomas, along with Dr. Newell, also examine women’s physiological reactions to stress to better understand their resilience versus vulnerability to sexism. Second, Dr. Thomas researches factors associated with how students learn.  For example, she studies mechanisms that foster metacognitive processes and achievement in the classroom. A final area of research interest pertains to children’s and adolescents’ peer relationships. Dr. Thomas studies how children and adolescents’ friendships influence their academic, social, and psychological adjustment and prosocial behaviors. Dr. Thomas serves as the coordinator for the psychology department and is the director for the women’s and gender studies program.  She is also the advisor for Psi Chi, the international psychology honor’s society, and the Wilkes Feminist Alliance.


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