Specialist and Subject Matter Expert
Duane E. Thomas has over 20 years of experience providing direct mental health services to children, youth and families. As a licensed clinical psychologist, a training and technical assistance specialist for the Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems and assistant scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Thomas specializes in working with marginalized and medically underserved groups and communities. He collaborates on research projects examining risk and cultural protective factors impacting the socioemotional functioning of urban African-American children and youth; school contextual determinants for the development of student aggression and problem behaviors; and the development and evaluation of culturally-responsive approaches to youth violence prevention involving academic-community partnerships. Dr. Thomas had also held faculty positions at the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania.
- Dr. Thomas supports Akoben by providing trainings and consultation.
- Dr. Thomas has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals concerning the development and school mental health of African American children and youth.
- Dr. Thomas serves as a co-primary investigator for two comprehensive youth violence prevention programs to increase safety and reduce rates of violence, racial disproportionalities in school discipline, and related mental health concerns in Baltimore City secondary schools.