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Alvin Thomas

Assistant Professor
Human Development & Family Studies Department and Major
Office 4103
608-263-2742

I am a clinical psychologist focused on the risk and protective factors for African-American boys situated in conditions that imperil them toward negative outcomes. More broadly, I also research ethnic identity, father-son relationships, and mental health in men and boys. Currently, I am exploring gaps in diversity training specifically related to father (non-resident) involvement in service provision to their children.

I am an alumni fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course and the Health Equity Leadership Institute, and my work has earned numerous awards, including the Rackham International Student Fellowship, Patricia Gurin Research Award, Center for the Education of Women Graduate Scholarship (first man to receive an award from the Center in its 40-year history), and the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, the last of which I used to pilot an intervention aimed at addressing mental health needs of juveniles in state custody on a Caribbean island.