Anita Thomas, PhD, became St. Catherine University’s executive vice president and provost in June 2019.
Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in academia both as faculty and an administrator. Her professional experience paired with her passion and commitment to the importance and value of education make her an ideal fit with St. Kate’s. Her belief that education is both a process and outcome, with the goal being a holistic, well-rounded, contributing member of society, directly aligns with the mission and social justice pedagogy of St. Kate’s.
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Thomas’s research interests include racial identity, identity socialization, and using culturally affirming counseling approaches with African American families. She has conducted training seminars and workshops on multicultural issues for state and national professional organizations in counseling and psychology, hospitals and corporations, and human service organizations. Thomas has served as chair of the Committee for Children, Youth, and Families for the American Psychological Association, and president of the Society for Child and Family Practice and Policy.