Anita Thomas, PhD, became St. Catherine University’s executive vice president and provost in June 2019.
Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in academia both as faculty and an administrator. Her professional experience paired with her passion and commitment to the importance and value of education make her an ideal fit with St. Kate’s. Her belief that education is both a process and outcome, with the goal being a holistic, well-rounded, contributing member of society, directly aligns with the mission and social justice pedagogy of St. Kate’s.
Thomas previously served as founding dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago, specializing in family therapy and multicultural counseling. She earned a master’s degree in community counseling from Loyola and a bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University. Thomas spent 10 years at Loyola University Chicago, teaching in the Counseling Psychology and School Counseling Department and serving as the associate dean of academic affairs and research in the School of Education. She was department chair and associate professor in counselor education at Northeastern Illinois University and an assistant professor in the Department of Human Services at National-Louis University.
Thomas’s research interests include racial identity, identity socialization, and using culturally affirming counseling approaches with African American families. She has conducted training seminars and workshops on multicultural issues for state and national professional organizations in counseling and psychology, hospitals and corporations, and human service organizations. Thomas has served as chair of the Committee for Children, Youth, and Families for the American Psychological Association, and president of the Society for Child and Family Practice and Policy.