Joel Thomas, PhD

Dr. Joel Thomas joined the Grady Trauma Project in September 2020. He completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University earning a bachelor’s in government and certificate in health policy. As a graduate student in clinical-community psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he developed a program of research that investigates the effects of trauma on self-development. His research focuses on the roles of attachment, self-regulation, and coherence of self-representations in psychological distress and health. His additional interests lie in philosophy of mind/science and integrative approaches to psychotherapy. In his free time, he is an avid live jazz aficionado and dabbles in cooking Indian cuisine.


Thomas, J. G. & Sharp, P. B. (2019). Mechanistic science: A new approach to comprehensive psychopathology research that relates psychological and biological phenomena. Clinical Psychological Science.

Thomas, J. G. (2016). Historical reflections on the post-Soviet Cuban health care system (1992-2009). Cuban Studies, 44, 189-213.

Kivlighan, M. D., Goldberg, S. B., Abbas, M., Pace, B. T., Yulish, N. E., Thomas, J. G., Cullen, M. M., Fluckiger, C., & Wampold, B. E. (2015). The enduring effects of psychodynamic treatments vis-à-vis alternative treatments: A multilevel longitudinal meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 1-14.

Visentin, G. P., Sun, Q. H., Thomas, J., Francis, N., & Aster, R. H. (1997). Lipid-derivatized with end-linked heparin: A useful strategy to study antibodies associated with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia/thrombosis (HIT/T). Blood, 90(10), 2045.