Faculty

Meet our faculty.

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Dr. Suzy Thomas is a former middle and high school counselor and teacher who earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of California, Davis. She is a Professor in the Counseling Department, where she teaches the foundational Counseling Skills I and II sequence, Group Theory & Practice, Alcohol & Substance Abuse, and School Counseling Issues & Interventions. She also teaches in the Collegiate Seminar Program on campus. Outside of SMC, Suzy co-teaches in-person and hybrid courses in college admissions and career planning (CACP) certificate program at UC Berkeley, Extension, for both local and international groups of students. Suzy is a credentialed school counselor (PPS) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the California Association of School Counselors (CASC), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES). She is especially proud to be one of the founding members of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA), an international group of educators and community activists dedicated to the use of action research as a tool for social justice and grassroots change. Suzy is an advocate for school counselors and school-based reform in local, statewide, regional, national, and international venues. She presents regularly at school counseling and counselor educator conferences and has various publications in the areas of mentoring, collaboration, LGBTQ youth, legal and ethical issues in counseling, group counseling, action research, and school counseling reform. She was inducted into the H.B. McDaniel Hall of Fame in 2013 and recognized in 2017 as the School Counselor Educator of the Year by the California Association of School Counselors. 

Department: 
School of Education » Counseling Department
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Filippi Academic Hall - 263--Office hours arranged via e-mail

Contact:
Phone: 4539
Fax: 376-8379
Email: sthomas@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 4350

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

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #896) - California Board of Behavioral Sciences (March 03, 2014)
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Counseling  (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

Professional Experience

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)

Other 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)

Courses Taught

Regularly Taught:

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Group Theory & Practice
  • School Counseling Issues & Interventions
  • Counseling Skills I and II
  • Collegiate Seminar

Service

 

Organizations:

  • 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 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 have also served as a proposal reviewer and as consultant for the working group for school counselors.
  • H.B. McDaniel Foundation
    (January 2011 - June 2017)
    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, 8/08-8/17. 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

Service to Saint Mary's College:

2/18-present, Member, R&T Task Force

8/14-5/18, Chair, Counseling Department

8/14-7/17, Tenure Track Search Committees, Counseling Department (also 9/09-5/11, 8/12-8/13)

8/16- 1/17, Chair of Dean's Search Committee, KSOE

8/14-5/16, Academic Senate, campus-wide

8/14-5/16, Program Review Committee, campus-wide (also 8/12-12/13)

8/11-present, Graduate and Professional Academic Honor Council, campus-wide (also 1/10-8/10)

9/02-present, Advisory Board, Counseling Department

1/13-6/13, KSOE Ad Hoc Resource Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

2/12-6/13, KSOE Alumni Task Force, Kalmanovitz School of Education

8/11-5/12, Tenured Graduate At-Large Representative, Grievance Committee, campus-wide

9/10-5/12, Academic Policies Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

5/10-5/11, Accreditation Steering Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

3/11, Faculty Expert Media Training Session, campus-wide

9/10-2/11, Dean’s Search Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

8/09-6/10, Co-facilitator for “A Campus of Difference” Diversity Workshops, campus-wide

9/03-5/10, Scholarship Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

3/09-6/09, Action Research Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

9/06-6/09, Library Committee (Co-Chair, 2/07-9/08), campus-wide

9/06-5/09, Faculty Technology Group (FTG, formerly FCAT) Committee, campus-wide

5/06-8/08, Co-chair, Subcommittee to Revise M.A. Project Options, Graduate Counseling Program

6/04-12/08, Health Education Curriculum Team Leader, Kalmanovitz School of Education

1/07-6/08, Chair, Subcommittee on Student Competencies, Graduate Counseling Program

9/06-6/08, Dissertation Chairs Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

2/07, Presenter, Faculty Scholarship Forum, campus-wide

8/06, Translator of Sexual Harassment Training Presentation, Office of General Counsel

8/03-9/06, School Psychology Advisory Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education

8/03-9/05, Disciplinary Hearing Board, campus-wide

3/04, School of Education Representative, Student Athlete Orientation Meeting

Professional Service:

3/15-present, Reviewer, Educational Action Research Journal

4/14-present, Advisory Board Member, College Advising & Career Planning (CACP) Certificate Program, U.C. Berkeley, Extension

8/13-present, Working Group Consultant, Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)

9/11-2/18, Conference Co-Chair, Northern California Conference, CASC/H.B McDaniel Foundation

1/11-6/17, Board Member, H.B. McDaniel Foundation

4/10-5/16, Advisory Board, Indian Institute of School Psychology, School Counseling, and Guidance

8/08-8/16, Research Committee Chair, California Association of School Counselors (CASC)

3/14-3/15, Conference Proposal Reviewer, Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)

11/12-6/13, Organizing Committee Member and Conference Co-Coordinator, ARNA

1/13, 6/13, Reviewer, Professional School Counseling Journal (Special Edition)

2/13-4/13, Co-Coordinator of Research Poster Session, Action Research SIG Community Reception, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

6/11-10/12, Editorial Board Member, California School Counseling Journal

3/10-6/11, Co-Director, California Action Research Collaborative (CAL ARC)

11/09-12/10, Co-founder, California School Counseling Research Interest Network (CSCRIN)

7/06-9/09, Assistant Editor, Best Practices in Research, CASC Newsletter

10/07-5/09, Planning Committee Member, Counselor Institute, CC County Office of Education

1/06-6/08, Selection Committee Member, Incentive Awards Program, U.C. Berkeley

8/06-12/07, Co-Chair, Planning Committee, California School Counseling Research Summit II

5/06, Volunteer, CASC Advocacy Initiative for School Counselor Funding

5/05-12/05, Planning Committee Member, California School Counseling Research Summit I

4/04, Invitee at CASC/USD Round Table Discussion for school counseling omnibus bill

7/00-7/03, WACES Graduate Student Representative (7/00-7/01) and Secretary (7/01-7/03)

 

Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • Uresti, A., & Thomas, S. R. (2018). Developing qualitative research tools for school counselors. Presentation at the annual conference of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Los Angeles, CA.

  • Thomas, S. R., & Uresti, A. (2017). Asking how and why questions: Using qualitative practices to collect data. Presentation at the annual conference of the California Association of School Counselors (CASC), Riverside, CA.

  • Uresti, A., & Thomas, S. R. (2017). Overcoming school counselor burnout: Building self care strategies inspired by the ASCA National Standards. Presentation at the annual conference of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Denver, CO.

  • Thomas, S. R. (2016). Collaborative partnerships in action research for school counselors. Presentation at the conference of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Thomas, S. R. (2016). Professional development challenges for tenured counselor educators: strategies for staying happy in mid-career. Roundtable presentation at the conference of WACES, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Uresti, A., & Thomas, S. R. (2016). A group for every standard: Meeting students’ needs through group counseling. Presentation at the American School Counselor Association, New Orleans, LA.

  • Proehl, R., Thomas, S. R., Braganza, D., & Anguiano, R. (2016). Phase two: A collaborative action research partnership between DeMarillac Academy and Saint Mary’s College of California. Research presentation at the conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA), Knoxville, TN.

  • Bleach, J., Feldman, A., Kim, M., McAteer, M., McNiff, J., Polush, E., Riel, M., Rowell, L. L., Santos, D., Shosh, J., Thomas, S. R., Wamba, N., & Wood, L. (2016). ARNA Symposium: The Palgrave international handbook of action research. Panel presentation at the conference of ARNA, Knoxville, TN.

  • Thomas, S.R. (2015). Action research within a counseling department: A self-study of teaching methods and mentoring needs. Paper presented at the conference of ARNA, Toronto, Canada.

  • Touset, V., & Thomas, S. R. (2015). Someone like me: Mentors, allies, role models for LGBTQ youth. Presentation at the CASC/H.B. McDaniel Northern California School Counselor Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

  • Thomas, S.R. (2014). Perceptions of school counselors and graduate students: Preliminary online survey results. Presentation at the conference of WACES, Anaheim, CA.

  • Thomas, S.R., Krafcik, A., & Sosa, G.A. (2014). The helpful reframe: Theory-based strategies for working well with challenging students and supervisees. Roundtable session at the conference of WACES, Anaheim, CA.
  • 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, S.R. (2017). Networking at the grassroots level: Action research partnerships in education. In L.L. Rowell, C.D. Bruce, J.M. Shosh, & M. Riel (Eds.) Palgrave international handbook of action research (pp. 369-385). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Thomas, S.R. (2014). School counselor interest group report. In E. Polush, T. Flynn, J. Hill, H. Leaman, & J. Martinez (Eds.), ARNA 2014 conference proceedings. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/arnaproceedings/home/2014-proceedings.

  • Thomas, S.R., & Yearley, S. (2014). Reflections on the inaugural conference of the Action Research Network of the America (ARNA). In E. Polush, T. Flynn, J. Hill, H. Leaman, & J. Martinez (Eds.), ARNA 2014 conference proceedings. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/arnaproceedings/home/2014-proceedings
  • Thomas, S. R.. (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, S. R. (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, S.R. & Cook, J.. (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, S. R.. (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, S. R. February 2009. Key legal issues in helping relationships, American Counseling Association (ACA) Encyclopedia of Counseling, American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Emery, K. and Thomas, S. R. 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, S. R. 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, L.L., Whitson, L. and Thomas, S. R. 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, S. R., Rowell, L.L., Grewal, B, & Burton, B. (2005). A report on the 2005 California school counseling research summit.
  • Thomas, S. R. (2005) The school counselor alumni peer consultation group. Counselor Education and Supervision, 45.01, 16-29.
  • Thomas, S. R. (2001). Beginning high school counselors: A qualitative study of professional socialization and role issues. Dissertation Abstracts International. 62 (9), 2982.(UMI No. 3026714).
  • Thomas, S. R., & Larrabee, T. (2001). Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning youth. In J. Sandoval (Ed.), Handbook of crisis counseling, intervention, and prevention in the schools (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Active Research Projects

Research Projects, Ongoing and Completed:

  • Researcher, Saint Mary’s College of California (10/15-present). Member of qualitative research team led by Dr. Rebecca Proehl, examining student success and organizational effectiveness at DeMarillac Academy in San Francisco; research team received 2015-16 Provost’s Faculty Research Grant to support the project.

  • Researcher, Saint Mary’s College of California (9/14-5/16). Designed original survey for department faculty, with IRB approval, on curriculum, teaching style, and mentoring skills and needs. Project resulted in presentation at the 2015 Conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA), Toronto, Canada. 

  • Researcher, Saint Mary's College of California (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. Project resulted in presentation at the 2014 conference of the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES), Anaheim, CA.

  • Research Coordinator, AB1802 Joint Project with University of San Diego (February 2007 - December 2008). Provided oversight for graduate student action research projects; collaborated with researchers in Southern California 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 2007, followed by a publication in 2008 and a presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2009 in San Diego, CA.

  • Researcher, California School Counseling Research Summits I and II (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 - 2017) Supervised 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. Projects have resulted in numerous presentations at local, state, regional, and international levels.

  • Researcher, Joint Project between Saint Mary's College and University of San Diego (5/05). 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 (1/02). 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.

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 

Invited Presentations and Activities:

  • Invited Workshop Presenter, San Joaquin County Office of Education, Stockton, CA. Invited to co-present on burnout prevention strategies for School Counselor Summit (November 2017).
  • 5/17 Invited Speaker, Action Research Conference, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA Invited to present a workshop for K-12 teachers, titled “K-12 Action Research Partnerships: Being Cognizant of Your Collaboration Style" (May 2017).

  • Invited Consultant, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (December 2015 - January 2016). Examined documents and conducted interviews and observations in order to provide feedback to faculty and administrators regarding future directions for the School Counseling Program.

  • Professional Development Day Co-Facilitator, Lincoln Unified School District, Stockton. CA (August 2015). Invited to design and co-lead a training day for school counselors.

  • 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.
Awards: 
  • 2017 School Counselor Educator of the Year, California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
  • 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)
  • 2013 Top 20 Education Professors in California, onlineschoolscalifornia.com
  • 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)
  • Certificate of Honor, Educational Coalition for Hispanics in Oakland, 2003
  • 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)
Grants: 
  • Provost's Faculty Research Grant, Saint Mary's College of California (2015)
  • The Uncommon Legacy Scholarship - (2001)
  • U.C. Davis Blockgrant Fellowship, U.C. Davis, 1998-1999, 2000-2001          

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • School counseling and school counseling reform
  • Collaborative action research as a tool for advocacy and social justice in K-12 schools
  • Mentoring and professional development
  • Socialization and induction 
  • Child and adolescent development issues

     (including sexuality and sexual orientation, child abuse, self-esteem, suicide, divorce, bullying, violence, substance abuse, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, etc.)