Full-Time Faculty

Kristie A. Thomas, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Education

Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania
M.S.W. - University of Pennsylvania
B.S. - St. Joseph's University

Courses Taught

SW 441 - Research Methods
SW 509 - Evaluation in Social Work Practice
SW 598 - Leadership Development in Anti-Violence Work: The Susan Schechter Social Action Seminar
SW 610 - Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Human Behavior, Development, and Change (PhD program)
SHDH222 — Social Services for Children, Adolescents, and Families (Harvard School of Public Health)


Scholarly and Practice Interests

Dr. Thomas' main research and practice interests are in the areas of intimate partner violence, women's homelessness, shelter service delivery, and community practice.


Selected Publications

Thomas, K. A., Joshi, M., & Sorenson, S. B. (2013). "Do you know what it feels like to drown?": Strangulation as a tactic of coercive control in intimate relationships. Psychology of Women Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/0361684313488354
• Highlighted on Sage Publications' Blog, Sage Insight: http://connection.sagepub.com/blog/2013/07/03/is-the-recent-nigella-and-saathci-incident-an-example-of-strangulation-as-coercive-control-in-an-intimate-relationship/

Joshi, M., Thomas, K. A., & Sorenson, S. B. (in press). Domestic violence and international students: An exploratory study of the practices and role of U.S. University International Offices. Journal of College Student Development.

Joshi, M., Thomas, K. A., & Sorenson, S. B. (2012). "I didn't know I could turn colors": Health problems and health care experiences reported by women who were strangled by an intimate partner, Social Work in Health Care, 51,798—814.

Thomas, K. A., Dichter, M. E., & Matejkowski, J. (2011). Intimate vs. non-intimate partner murder: A comparison of offender and situational characteristics. Homicide Studies, 15, 291-311.

Thomas, K. A., Sorenson, S. B., & Joshi, M. (2010). Police-documented incidents of intimate partner violence among young women. Journal of Women's Health, 19,1079-1087.

Sorenson, S. B. & Thomas, K. A. (2009). Views of intimate partner violence in same- and opposite-sex relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 337-352.

Thomas, K. A., Joshi, M., Wittenberg, E. & McCloskey, L. A. (2008). Intersections of harm and health: A qualitative study of intimate partner violence in women's lives. Violence Against Women, 14, 1252-1273.


Selected Presentations

Kinnicutt, L., Thomas, K. A. & Cordera, A., (2013, October)."Futures Without Violence and social work education: Leadership development in anti-violence work" Partnership Presentation at the 2013 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Dallas, TX.

Thomas, K. A., (2013, January). "Homelessness and domestic violence: Examining patterns of shelter use and barriers to permanent housing." Paper accepted for presentation at the 2013 Society for Social Work and Social Research Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
• Invited Session Moderator for panel: "Factors Affecting an Ending to Homelessness"

Thomas, K. A., & Marks, L. (2013, January). Action!: Video-making in social work education.  Paper accepted for presentation at the 2013 Society for Social Work and Social Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Thomas, K. A., (September, 2012). A banner campaign to market consent to college students: Preliminary findings. Paper presented at the Symposium on Violence Against Women sponsored by the Ortner Center on Family Violence, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Thomas, K. A., & Marks, L. (2012, May). Action!: Video-making in social work education. Poster presentation at the Center for Applied Community Research's Poster Showcase, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Sorenson, S. B., Joshi, M. J., & Thomas, K. A. (2010, November). A look at college students' personal knowledge of and attributions of blame in sexual assault. Paper presented at the 138th  Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Denver, CO.

Thomas, K. A., Dichter, M. E., & Matejkowski, J. C. (2010, November). Intimate vs. non-intimate partner murder: Differences in legal, situational, clinical, and personal characteristics based on a representative statewide sample. Paper presented at the 138th  Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Denver, CO.

Thomas, K. A. (2010, April). The role of cities in reducing future homelessness among women victims of IPV. Paper presented at the Penn-International Council on Women's Health Issues 18th Congress. Philadelphia, PA.


Selected Grant Activity

Co-Lead Researcher (with Lisa Goodman, PhD, and Principal Investigator Curt Rogers, Executive Director, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project). Family Violence Prevention and Services Discretionary Grant. Project title: Identifying, Implementing and Evaluating a GLBTQ Specific Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Service Model. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (HHS-2013-ACF-ACYF-EV-0635). $157,142 for Year 1 (between $150,000-$250,000 for FY2-FY4, TBD). 2013-2017 

Co-investigator. Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Project title: Enhancing survivors' wellbeing through program evaluation: The Safety-Related Empowerment study. 2013-2014

Principal Investigator. President's Fund for Faculty Excellence, Simmons College. Project title: "Satisficing" to Survive: A qualitative study of the shelter experiences of homeless victims of intimate partner violence. 2012-2014.


Consulting and Professional Activity

Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, University of Pennsylvania - Assistant Director - 2009-2011

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women - Research Consultant - 2009-2011


Awards and Honors

Invited presenter and facilitator, Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling: Research Symposium. Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, December 9, 2013, Bethseda, MD.

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