Chronic homelessness among older adults and those with disabling conditions; housing stability among those at risk of homelesness in older adulthood; Systems integration and change in homeless services
Social Work Macro Practice
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.Div., Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond; BA, Carson-Newman College
Homelessness and affordable housing, organization and systems change
Camping, running, biking, swimming, music and creative outlets of various types
Each year approximately 1.6 million people are homeless in the United States, and approximately two-thirds of these individuals are single or unaccompanied adults. Adults who are homeless experience disproportionately higher rates of trauma, social isolation, mental illness, chronic disease, and premature aging and mortality than do those who are housed. Dr. Thomas' primary research focus is on these older, homeless individuals and the effectiveness of the service sector(s) designed to address their needs.