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Suzy Thomas  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    (February 2013 - April 2013)
    Member of Action Research Special Interest Group (SIG) and co-coordinator of the poster session of Bay Area action research for a community celebration on April 30, 2013
  • Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
    (November 2012 - Present)
    ARNA is a new group of international educators engaged in action research in school and community settings. I have been translating documents from English into Spanish, and serving on the Organizing Committee for the annual conference. I am also serving as a proposal reviewer and as consultant for the working group for school counselors.
  • H.B. McDaniel Foundation
    (January 2011 - Present)
    Board Member, Chair of Scholarship Committee, Program Co-Chair for Annual Northern California Conference of School Counselors, held at Stanford
  • California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
    (2002 - Present)
    Research Committee Chair, 8/08-present. Assistant Editor, Best Practices in Research, CASC Newsletter, 7/06-9/09
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
    (2001 - 2003)
  • Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC)
    (2001 - 2003)
  • Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES)
    (1998 - Present)
    * WACES Secretary, 2001-2003 * WACES Graduate Student Representative, 2000-2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Researcher
    (February 2014 - June 2014)
    Designed original surveys on personal/social counseling, self-disclosure, and LGBTQ youth for graduate students, practicing school counselors, and counselor educators in the United States.
  • Research Coordinator, AB1802 Joint Project with University of San Diego
    (February 2007 - December 2008)
    Provided oversight for action research projects in a graduate counseling course; collaborate with researchers in Southern California using the survey they designed, in order to begin to develop a statewide evaluation of the school counseling bill AB1802; assisted with meta-analysis of results from eight schools, which were shared at Summit II in December 2007, followed by revision of the surveys and continued implementation in 2008.
  • Researcher
    (March 2004 - December 2007)
    Co-designed statewide online and evaluation surveys for participants in the California School Counseling Research Summits I and II.
  • Supervisor of Collaborative Action Research Projects
    (February 2003 - Present)
    Supervise collaborative action research projects, including research design, implementation, and data analysis for graduate students placed in K-12 school settings in the larger Bay Area.
  • Researcher
    Joint Project between Saint Mary's College and University of San Diego * Conducted pilot study of school counselor perceptions of research and role issues using an original questionnaire. Project resulted in a presentation at the annual meeting of the California Association of School Counselors (CASC), Pomona, CA
  • Focus Group Leader
    * The College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA o Conducted focus groups with high school students to explore the usefulness of college Internet search engines. Project resulted in a paper presented at the 2002 meeting of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC), Stockton, CA.


  • Member, Academic Senate
    (August 2014 - Present)
  • Journal Reviewer
    (August 2014 - Present)
    Invited to be a reviewer for the journal Professional School Counselor. Also served as ad hoc reviewer for special edition on mental health issues in school counseling in 2013.
  • Advisory Board Member, U.C. Berkeley College Advising and Career Planning (CACP) Certificate Program
    (April 2014 - Present)
  • Poster Exhibit Coordinator
    (February 2013 - April 2013)
    AERA Action Research SIG community celebration of Bay Area action research, April 28, San Francisco
  • KSOE Ad Hoc Resource Committee
    (January 2013 - June 2013)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Organizing Committee Member and Conference Co-Coordinator
    (November 2012 - Present)
    Action Research Network of the Americas inaugural conference
  • Program Review Committee
    (August 2012 - December 2013)
    Saint Mary's College
  • KSOE Alumni Task Force
    (February 2012 - June 2013)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Conference Co-Chair (Chair of Program), Northern California Conference
    (September 2011 - Present)
    Conference sponsored by California Association of School Counselors (CASC) & H.B. McDaniel Foundation
  • Graduate and Professional Academic Honor Council
    (August 2011 - Present)
    Saint Mary's College. Served previously 1/10-8/10 as well
  • Tenured Graduate At-Large Representative, Grievance Committee
    (August 2011 - May 2012)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Editorial Board Member, California School Counseling Journal
    (June 2011 - October 2012)
  • Member, KSOE Dean's Search Committee
    (September 2010 - February 2011)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Member, KSOE Academic Policies Committee
    (September 2010 - May 2012)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Member, KSOE Accreditation Steering Comittee
    (May 2010 - May 2011)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Co-Director, California Action Research Collaborative (CAL ARC)
    (April 2010 - June 2011)
    A subgroup of CSCRIN, CAL ARC annually evaluates research proposals from graduate students and practicing school counselors and selects 1-2 projects each year to support through mentoring and guidance.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Institute of School Psychology, School Counseling, and Guidance in India
    (April 2010 - Present)
  • Co-founder, California School Counseling Research Interest Network (CSCRIN)
    (November 2009 - Present)
    A professional group aimed at supporting collaborative action research projects in California in order to develop a strategic research agenda for school counseling.
  • Member, GCP Tenure Track Search Committee
    (September 2009 - August 2013)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Co-facilitator for "Campus of Difference" Diversity Workshops
    (August 2009 - June 2010)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Planning Committee Member
    (October 2007 - May 2009)
    Planning committee for Counselor Institutes for Contra Costa County through the County Office of Education
  • Dissertation Chairs Committee
    (September 2006 - July 2008)
    Saint Mary's College, School of Education
  • Faculty Technology Group (Formerly FCAT)
    (September 2006 - May 2009)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Library Committee (Co-Chair, 2/07-9/08
    (September 2006 - June 2009)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Incentive Awards Program
    (2006 - June 2009)
    U.C. Berkeley
  • Planning Committee for California School Counseling Research Summit (Co-Chair 2006-2007 for Summit II)
    (2005 - 2007)
    University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Curriculum Team Leader for Health Education Courses,
    (2004 - December 2008)
    Saint Mary's College
  • School Psychology Advisory Committee
    (2003 - 2006)
    Saint Mary's College
  • Advisory Board, Graduate Counseling Program
    (2002 - Present)
    Saint Mary's College

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