M. Evan Thomas

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Chair and Program Director of the Marriage and Family Program

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M. Evan Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Thomas is the current Chair of the Marriage and Family Depart and the Program Director for the MMFT Program. He primarily teaches at the University Center of Greenville campus location. He obtained a BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences, emphasizing Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech.

He is a native to the Georgia Appalachian Mountains, which influences his research that focuses on Appalachian mental health and the opioid epidemic occurring in Appalachia. His recent publications have focused on substance use in Appalachia, the opioid epidemic in Appalachia, working with church leaders to lower the impact of the opioid epidemic in Appalachia, and Trauma-Informed Care. Additionally, Dr. Thomas is the owner of a small private practice in Greenville, and his work focuses on substance use and the Queer community.

Publications

Year Published Faculty Citation Publication
2021 Thomas, M.E., Grafsky, E.L. Appalachian church leaders: An interpretative phenomenological analysis study to understand how substance use impacts their communities. Pastoral Psychology
2020 Morgan, A.A.*, Thomas, M.E.*, & Brossoie, N. Trauma-informed care as a framework for addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: An exploratory Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 44(3), 156-169.
2020 Nedela, M. R., Thomas, M. E., & Murray, M. Circles of outness: Systemic exploration of disclosure decisions in mixed-orientation relationships. In C. Boyd & J. S. Whitman (Eds.), Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients: A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook. Routledge.
2019 Thomas, M.E., & Brossoie, N. Appalachia mental healthcare: An interpretative phenomenological analysis study to identify training program needs. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 43(2-3), 91–102.
2017 Thomas, M.E., Nedela, M.R., & Murray, M.M. Externalizing the process of disclosure: The use of narrative family therapy when working with LGTBQ groups. In Viers, D. (2nd Ed.). The group therapist’s notebook: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in psychotherapy. New York, NY: Routledge.
2016 Hussain, K.M., Thomas, M.E., Polezoes, S., & El Helou, L. Ethical and clinical considerations for In-Home Family Therapy. In Hecker, L.L. and Murphy, M. (2nd Ed.), Ethics and professional issues in couple and family therapy. New York: Taylor & Francis Group.
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