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Jill Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology
Director of Clinical Training, M.A. in Clinical-Community Psychology Program


Pictured is Jill Thomas, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and director of the M.A. in clinical-community psychology program. | Photo by John AltdorferContact information

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre Design and Technology with a minor in Psychology, Otterbein College
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Miami University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Miami University

Certifications and Licensures

  • AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
  • Certified Provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
  • Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania and Florida

Courses Taught

  • Psychological Foundations
  • Psychology of Emotion

Background

Licensed psychologist Jill C. Thomas, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology and director of clinical training for the M.A. in clinical-community psychology program at Point Park University. Prior to joining Point Park, Thomas had a private practice called "Alive and Thriving: Psychological Services for Your Well-Being" in Temple Terrace, Fla., in which she provided individual and couples therapy from a humanistic framework. She also worked as a clinical psychologist providing outpatient services at a VA community-based outpatient clinic and VA home-based psychological care in Tampa, Fla. Before that, she served in various roles at SUNY Upstate Medical University including assistant director of internship training, assistant professor and co-director of student counseling. Early in her career, Dr. Thomas was assistant to the director of case management and a mental health case manager for CRI in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Expanding and developing humanistic approaches to sex therapy
  • Experiential Personal Construct Psychology and its application to various problems in living
  • Critical approaches to understanding and changing problematic cultural narratives/practices

Selected Conference Presentations

  • "An EPCP understanding of internet pornography addiction: Relationships and dependency in the age of the internet," 19th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Boston, Mass., July 2011.
  • "Trust in the therapeutic relationship: What they don't teach you in graduate school," 14th Biennial Conference of the Constructivist Psychology Network, Niagara Falls, N.Y., July 2010.
  • "The power of multiplicity in an ongoing dream group," co-presented at the 23rd International Conference for the Association of the Study of Dreams, Bridgewater, Mass., June 2006.
  • "Experiential personal construct psychology and social activism," 16th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Columbus, Ohio, July 2005.
  • "Socially responsible teaching using participatory action research," Psychologists for the Social Responsibility Conference, Portland, Ore., May 2005.
  • "Growing as therapists: Using Tschundi's ABC model in supervision," co-presented at the 15th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychologist, University of Huddersfield, U.K., July 2003.

Current Professional Memberships 

  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
  • International Association of Trauma Professionals
  • CPN Steering Committee 
  • American Psychological Association
  • Constructivist Psychology Network

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