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About Sandra Thomas

Sandra Thomas is Professor and Director of the PhD program in Nursing at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her clinical specialization is psychiatric-mental health nursing and her practice and research have primarily focused on women's stress, anger, depression, and health-promoting behaviors. She conducted the first large-scale, comprehensive study of women's anger. Cross-cultural studies of women's anger have been conducted in France and Turkey. She served as co-investigator of a large federally funded study of women survivors of childhood abuse who are thriving in adulthood (PI Joanne Hall). She has a special interest in using existential phenomenology to study women's lived experience. This research method is elucidated in her textbook, coauthored with Howard Pollio, "Listening to Patients" (Springer Publishing, New York, 2002). Recently she has studied the peer review process of scholarly journals, an interest generated by her years of editing "Issues in Mental Health Nursing." She has started a mentoring program for doctoral students who want to learn how to review manuscripts. She is the author of more than 130 journal articles, books, and book chapters. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.


Present PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Present Professor and Director, PhD Program in Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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College of Nursing
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1200 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-4180
FAX 865-974-3569 Tel. 865-974-7581

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