Meet our faculty

Suzy Thomas  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. Education (Educational Psychology), University of California, Davis, 2001
  • M.A. Counseling, Saint Mary's College of California, 1997
    with honors
  • B.A. English, University of California at Berkeley, 1988
    Phi Beta Kappa

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor (Assoc. Prof. 7/07-6/14; Asst. Prof. 7/06-6/07) - Counseling Department, Saint Mary's College (2006 - Present)
  • Visiting Professor - U.C. Berkeley (Developmental Teacher Education Program) (2001 - 2009)
  • Instructor - U.C. Berkeley Extension (Career and College Planning Certificate Program) (2000 - Present)
  • Adjunct Faculty - Graduate Counseling and teacher credential programs, Saint Mary's College (1998 - 2006)
  • Middle/High School Teacher - Arrowsmith Academy, Berkeley, CA (1989 - 1994)
    (Creative & Expository Writing, Shakespeare, English, Spanish courses)

Professional Experience:

  • Portfolio evaluator - School of Extended Education, Saint Mary's College (2001 - Present)
  • College Counselor - The College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA, (2001 - 2003)
  • Consultant - Arrowsmith Academy, Berkeley, CA (1995 - 2002)
  • School Counselor/Administrator - Arrowsmith Academy, Berkeley, CA, (1991 - 1994)

Awards:

  • Faculty Service Award - Saint Mary's College of California (February 2014)
  • H.B. McDaniel Hall of Fame - H.B. McDaniel Foundation (June 2013)
  • 2013 Lasallian Educator Symposium Essay Winner - Saint Mary's College of California (April 2013)
  • 2010 Honored Instructor in Education - U.C. Berkeley, Extension (December 2010)
  • WACES Outstanding Mentor Award - Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (October 2008)
  • 2007-2008 School Counselor Advocate Award - California Association of School Counselors (CASC) (December 2007)
  • WACES Research Award, Western Association for Counselor Education & Supervision - (2001)
  • Morgan Vail Professional Development Award, California Association for Counseling & Development - (2001)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award - Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (1997)
  • Outstanding Thesis Student Award, Graduate Counseling Program - Saint Mary's College (1997)

Fellowship:

  • U.C. Davis Blockgrant Fellowship - U.C. Davis (2001)
    1998-1999, 2000-2001

Grant:

  • The Uncommon Legacy Scholarship - (2001)

Honor:

  • Certificate of Honor, Educational Coalition for Hispanics in Oakland - (2003)

Invited Guest Panelist:

  • Transforming Ourselves and Our Schools - Saint Mary's College (June 2011)
    Spoke by invitation on a panel during the Summer Leadership Institute, "Transforming Ourselves and Our Schools," on current topics in the field of education.

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #896) - California Board of Behavioral Sciences (March 03, 2014)
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Counseling - Saint Mary's College (1997)
  • Certificate in College Admissions Counseling - U.C. Extension, Berkeley (1994)
  • Certificates in Suicide Intervention Training - California Department of Mental Health (1991)
    1990 and 1991

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • Action research as a tool for reflective practice and tangible change: A decade of projects and partnerships in school counseling. Thomas, Suzy (primary presenter)
    Action Research Network of the Americas
    (May 2014)
  • Action Research in Mexico and South America. Thomas, Suzy, Discussant, Garcia, Sara, Hinojosa-Lujan, Romelia and Amaya Morales, Ruben Dario (panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
    (May 2014)
  • Voices from the field: A real-time chat with teachers in rural Nicaragua. Thomas, Suzy, Co-Facilitator and Rowell, Lonnie, Co-Facilitator (panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
    (May 2014)
  • Anything but a common application: Building a college-bound, career-ready culture. Thomas, Suzy, Uresti, Aubrey and Smith, Kathleen
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
    (November 2013)
  • Action research for school counselors: A powerful tool for meaningful, evidence-based practice. Thomas, Suzy
    Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    (October 2013)
  • Appropriate self-disclosure: Confidence builders for the beginner, burnout prevention for the veteran. Thomas, Suzy and Uresti, Aubrey (poster)
    Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    (October 2013)
  • Challenging the impoverishment of theory-practice relations in counselor education: A decade of school-based collaborative action research in California school counseling.. Thomas, Suzy and Rowell, Lonnie
    Action Research Network of the Americas
    Roundtable presentation
    (April 2013)
  • Collaborative action research projects in school counseling at Saint Mary’s College of California. Thomas, Suzy, Uresti, Aubrey and Smith, Kathleen
    Action Research Network of the Americas
    (April 2013)
  • Appropriate self-disclosure: Confidence builders for the beginner, burnout prevention for the veteran. Thomas, Suzy and Uresti, Aubrey
    Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
    (November 2012)
  • Offering your “aesthetic response”: Integrating expressive arts techniques in group therapy and supervision. Thomas, Suzy
    Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
    Roundtable session
    (November 2012)
  • “Make it work”: Tailoring LGBTQ interventions to fit your school.. Thomas, Suzy and Uresti, Aubrey
    California Association of School Counselors
    (October 2012)
  • Creating evidence-based practice through collaborative action research in school counseling. Thomas, Suzy and Rowell, Lonnie
    California Association of School Counselors
    (October 2012)
  • Effective groupwork: A time-saving tool for school counselors.. Thomas, Suzy
    California Association of School Counselors
    (October 2012)
  • From theory to practice: Promoting collaborative school culture through mentoring. Thomas, Suzy, Uresti, Aubrey and Smith, Kathleen
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
    (November 2011)
  • Don't reinvent the wheel! Using networking for professional development. Thomas, Suzy and Schubb, Nancy
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
    (November 2011)
  • Why me? What can I say? Panel discussion, CASC Editorial Board for the California School Counseling Journal. Allen, Jackie, Both Gragg, Janee, DeSena, Paul, Thomas, Suzy and Uellendahl, Gail (invited, panel or forum member)
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
    (November 2011)
  • Blending counseling theories with 12-step philosophy to promote effective work with chemically dependent clients and families. Thomas, Suzy and Uresti, Aubrey
    Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    (October 2011)
  • Relational approaches to working with resistance and rupture: Using case studies to promote self-reflection, professional development, and relational transformation among supervisors, therapists, and school counselors. Cook, Jeff, Thomas, Suzy and Heid, Laura (poster)
    Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    (October 2011)
  • Creative self-care strategies for school counselors in challenging times. Thomas, Suzy and Uresti, Aubrey
    H.B. McDaniel Foundation/CASC Summer Institute
    (June 2011)
  • Networking in school counseling!. Thomas, Suzy and Schubb, Nancy
    H.B. McDaniel Foundation/CASC Summer Institute
    (June 2011)
  • The evolution of personal and professional competencies: Implementation and ongoing assessment within a graduate counseling program. Thomas, Suzy, Heid, Laura and Parish, Mary (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
    (November 2010)
  • Creative self-care strategies for counselors in challenging times. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
    (November 2010)
  • Innovative Approaches to Working with Chemically Dependent Students and their Families. Thomas, Suzy and Uresti, Aubrey (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association of School Counselors
    (October 2010)
  • California school counseling research interest group: A conversation. Thomas, Suzy, Rowell, L.L. and Both Gragg, J. (talk, speech or lecture, panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    California Association of School Counselors
    (November 2009)
  • Creative self-care strategies for school counselors in challenging times. Thomas, Suzy (invited, primary presenter)
    California Association of School Counselors
    (November 2009)
  • Personal and professional competencies: A transformative intervention and practice within counselor education. Thomas, Suzy and Heid, Laura (talk, speech or lecture)
    Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    (October 2009)
  • AB1802 and school counseling: Impact of a new $200 million funding stream in California. Thomas, Suzy, Rowell, L.L. and Whitson, L. (paper)
    American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    (April 2009)
  • Tailoring "personal and professional competencies" for a graduate counseling program. Thomas, Suzy, Heid, Laura and Parish, Mary (talk, speech or lecture)
    Annual meeting of the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Palm Springs.
    (October 2008)
  • Theory-based strategies for dealing with substance abuse among students. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    Contra Costa County Counselor Institute II, San Ramon
    (April 2008)
  • Legal and ethical issues for school counselors revisited. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    2007 California Association of School Counselors (CASC), San Ramon, and 2008 Contra Costa County Counselor Institute II
    (2008)
  • Mentoring practices: Creating a culture of collaboration in counseling.. Thomas, Suzy R. (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    2007 Southern and 2008 Northern California CASC Conferences in San Diego and San Ramon and 2008 annual meeting of WACES, Palm Springs
    (2008)
  • Collaborative action research strategies: Survey design.. Thomas, Suzy R. (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Presentation at the 2007 2nd California School Counseling Research Summit, San Diego, and 2008 Contra Costa County Counselor Institute II, San Ramon
    presentations in both 2007 and 2008
    (2008)
  • A meta-analysis of AB1802 surveys in Northern California. Thomas, Suzy R., Mullin, Jennifer, Johnson, Melisa and Werner, Krista (paper, panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    Presentation at the 2nd California School Counseling Research Summit, San Diego, CA.
    (December 2007)
  • Research and publication strategies for beginning counselor educators. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Las Vegas, NV.
    (2006)
  • Legal and ethical issues for school counselors. Thomas, Suzy and Tuffnell, J.L. (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC), San Ramon, CA.
    (2006)
  • Report from the summit: California addresses the split between research and practice. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC), San Ramon, CA.
    (2006)
  • Collaborative action research projects in school counseling. Thomas, Suzy, Cameron, H, Simeon, M, Leendertsen, C, Lemmon, T and Flood, C (talk, speech or lecture, panel or forum member)
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC), San Ramon, CA.
    (2006)
  • he alumni group for school counselors: An avenue for professional development and ongoing support. Thomas, Suzy (paper)
    California School Counseling Research Summit, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
    (2005)
  • Critical issues in school counseling. Thomas, Suzy, Allen, J.M., Sands, T, Hatch, T, Furlong, M and Rowell, L (panel or forum member)
    California School Counseling Research Summit, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
    (2005)
  • Building collaboration between universities, schools, and school districts. Thomas, Suzy and Furlong, M (talk, speech or lecture)
    California School Counseling Research Summit, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
    Working group discussion for school counselors, counselor educators, and graduate students.
    (2005)
  • School counseling research: From national summits to state and local action. Thomas, Suzy (panel or forum member)
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC), Pomona, CA.
    (2005)
  • The school counselor alumni group: A blueprint for professional development. Thomas, Suzy and Hetherington, P (talk, speech or lecture)
    6th Annual Forum on the State of Counseling and Guidance in Schools, San Diego, CA.
    (2004)
  • Deconstructing the school reform movement. Thomas, Suzy and Emery, K (talk, speech or lecture)
    6th Annual Forum on the State of Counseling and Guidance in Schools, San Diego, CA.
    (2004)
  • The school counselor peer consultation group. Thomas, Suzy (paper)
    Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACES), Sacramento, CA.
    (2004)
  • A mentoring model to aid students in writing and presenting research. Thomas, Suzy, Heid, L and Schubb, N (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACES), Sacramento, CA.
    (2004)
  • Classroom management skills for school counselors: Enhancing our role as consultants. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC), Santa Rosa, CA.
    (2004)
  • The Saint Mary's College alumni peer consultation group for school counselors. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association of School Counselors (CASC), Long Beach, CA.
    (2003)
  • Take it with a grain of salt: College Internet search engines. Thomas, Suzy and Gardner, M.A. (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC), Stockton, CA.
    (2002)
  • Socialization and role issues among beginning high school counselors. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Spokane, WA.
    (2001)
  • Promoting reflective practice through inquiry-oriented consultation. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association for Counseling & Development (CACD), Los Angeles, CA.
    (2001)
  • Promoting reflective practice through inquiry-oriented consultation. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Los Gatos, CA.
    (2000)
  • A study of school counselor issues & needs: Towards a model institute. Thomas, Suzy and Waidtlow, D.M. (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Los Gatos, CA
    (2000)
  • Diversity and sexual orientation: Challenges for gay youth and their counselors. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association of Counseling and Development (CACD), Los Angeles, CA.
    (1998)
  • Working with gay youth: Examining our feelings, challenging our assumptions. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Santa Barbara, CA.
    (1997)
  • Issues, challenges & strategies for counselors working with gay youth. Thomas, Suzy (talk, speech or lecture)
    California Association of Counseling and Development (CACD), San Francisco, CA.
    (1997)
  • Research poster session facilitator: 2007-present. Thomas, Suzy (panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    California Association of School Counselors
    Facilitator for graduate student research and practitioner poster sessions

Publications:

  • Thomas, Suzy. (2014). Life stages and group stages: Asking the existential questions. In Fineran, K., Houltberg, B., Nitza, A., McCoy, J. and Roberts , S.(Eds.), Group work experts share their favorite activities: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting, and processing (pp. 272-275). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW).
  • Thomas, Suzy. (2013). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. In Sandoval, Jon (Ed.), Crisis counseling, intervention and prevention in the schools (pp. 264-290). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Thomas, Suzy & Cook, Jeff. (2013). Crisis and conflict in the family system. In Sandoval, Jon (Ed.), Crisis counseling, intervention and prevention in the schools (pp. 314-333). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Thomas, Suzy. (2013). Reflections on being a Lasallian Educator. Educational Perspectives Journal, Vol. XVII, Iss. 1, 33-37.
  • Thomas, Suzy, Hetherington, Peggy, Lesicko, Dean and DeKruyf, Lori. October 2009. Peer consultation groups: Developing a global culture of collaboration for school counselors, Journal of International Counselor Education (JICE), vol. 1, issue 1, pg.15-31, eds. Astramovich, RandallPehrsson, Dale-Elizabeth, Digital Commons, bepress
  • Thomas, Suzy. February 2009. Key legal issues in helping relationships, American Counseling Association (ACA) Encyclopedia of Counseling, American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Emery, K. and Thomas, Suzy. 2008. Collaboration strategies to enhance the relationships between school counselors and the school community, 21st Century school counseling: Professional and personal perspectives and practices, ed. Allen, J.M., Counseling Outfitters
  • Thomas, Suzy and Edgecomb, L. 2008. Mentoring models: Preparing school counselors for the future, 21st Century school counseling: Professional and personal perspectives and practices, ed. Allen, J.M., Counseling Outfitters
  • Rowell, Lonnie R., Whitson, Loretta and Thomas, Suzy. 2008. Middle and high school supplemental counseling program: Increased support for student success in California Schools, Center for Student Support Systems (CS3) and California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
  • Thomas, Suzy, Rowell, L.L., Grewal, B and Burton, B. A report on the 2005 California school counseling research summit. , 2005.
  • Thomas, Suzy. "The school counselor alumni peer consultation group." Counselor Education and Supervision 45.01 (2005): 16-29
  • Thomas, Suzy. "Beginning high school counselors: A qualitative study of professional socialization and role issues. Dissertation Abstracts International." 62 (9), 2982 (2001)
  • Thomas, Suzy and Larrabee, T. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning youth. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 2001.
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