Antoinette R. Thomas is the newest Dean to join the OAAA family. Dean Thomas is currently an associate professor in the Curry School of Education and Human Development. Early in her career she worked as a school counselor and school psychologist before earning a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then joined the psychology faculty at James Madison University. During her time at UVA Dean Thomas has served as the Director of the Doctoral Program in School Psychology and has been affiliated with the clinical and school psychology program as well as the counselor education and teacher education programs. She has also had a joint appointment with Curry and UVA Athletics where she focused on student athletes’ adjustment to college. As a clinical psychologist, Dean Thomas has also provided therapy and psychological assessments in the Sheila Johnson Center. Dean Thomas’ area of expertise is multicultural counseling and therapy. She is passionate about facilitating the learning and increased awareness, knowledge, and skills of counselors, psychologists and educators as they strive to be more culturally competent in the services they deliver. Dean Thomas has consulted nationally and internationally and continues to supervise and teach courses that address the development of culturally responsive clinical skills. Dean Thomas is excited to be joining OAAA as the Director of the GradSTAR program and Coordinator of the Faculty-Student Mentoring Program. She is looking forward to supporting students in their successful matriculation at UVA.
B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1980
M.A., School Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
Ph.D., School Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994
Associate Dean, Office of African American Affairs (2020-present)
Director of OAAA’s GradSTAR program (which promotes African American students’ academic excellence, personal growth and professional skill development). I am also an advisor to 2nd year and transfer students and serve as a liaison to other communities of learning at the University including the McIntire School of Commerce, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the School of Education and Human Development.
Associate Professor, Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology and Counselor Education (1996 –present)
My primary responsibilities are teaching, service, clinical supervision, and clinical practice.
I teach courses that assist in the clinical training of students in both the Counselor Education (School Counseling) and Clinical and School Psychology programs. For example, I currently teach basic counseling skills, supervise students in practicum settings, and teach courses that focus on culturally responsive clinical practice. My service involves serving on a variety of School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) committees, including dissertation committees and most recently chair of the SEHD Faculty Council. I have also provided individual therapy and psychological assessments in the Sheilah Johnson Center for the past 25 years.
Director, Doctoral Program in School Psychology, UVA
Director, Counselor Education Program, UVA
Learning Specialist and Psychologist, Academic Affairs-Athletics, UVA
Assistant Professor, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Clinical Psychologist in private practice
School Psychologist, Albemarle County Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia
School Psychologist, Orange County Schools, Hillsborough, North Carolina
School Psychologist, Greensboro Public Schools, Greensboro, North Carolina
TRAINING AND CONSULTATION
I am passionate about facilitating the learning and increased awareness, knowledge, and skills of counselors, psychologists and educators as they strive to be more culturally competent in the services they deliver. I have conducted workshops, trainings, and presentations at the state and national levels as well as internationally and continue to provide consultation related to diversity, inclusion and equity.