Clinical psychologist/educator to lead Psychological Sciences


Thomas,-AnitaA clinical psychologist and educator known for her research on counseling, culture, and identity is the new dean of the University of Indianapolis School of Psychological Sciences. Anita Jones Thomas brings substantial administrative experience from her work at Loyola University Chicago, where she began teaching in 2005, spent three years as director of the graduate program in counseling psychology, and served most recently as associate dean of academic affairs and research in the School of Education. She taught previously at Northeastern Illinois University and National Louis University.

The School of Psychological Sciences will relocate this fall to the new UIndy Health Pavilion, where all the University’s programs in physical and mental health and wellness will share space with healthcare industry partners to facilitate learning, research, and provision of clinical services. “With her background in promoting interdisciplinary programs and community partnerships, Dr. Thomas is the right person at the right time for this leadership role,” Executive Vice President and Provost Deborah Balogh said. “Her experience as a licensed psychologist is a great fit for a school with strong advanced degree programs in applied psychology.”

Thomas holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago, specializing in family therapy and multicultural counseling. She also earned a master’s in community counseling from Loyola and a bachelor’s in education and social policy from Northwestern University. “This is an exciting time for psychology, as more opportunities are being opened for interdisciplinary work as health services professionals,” said Thomas, whose appointment was effective July 1. “I’m very enthusiastic to be joining this nationally recognized school.”

UIndy’s School of Psychological Sciences offers multiple bachelor’s degree options as well as nationally respected master’s and doctoral programs in clinical psychology. The school also operates the Psychological Services Center, a training and research facility that provides clinical experience for advanced graduate students as well as comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to individuals, families, and organizations.