M. Evan Thomas
M. Evan Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Chair of the Marriage and Family Program at the Converse's University Center of Greenville 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 with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech.
He is a native to the Georgia Appalachian Mountains, and this influences his research that focuses on Appalachian mental health and the opioid epidemic that is occurring in Appalachia. His dissertation was a qualitative study that focused on the experiences that church leaders in Appalachia had discussing substance misuse with members in their community. Additionally, he is a two-year recipient of the prestigious Minority Fellowship Grant that is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), and this grant allowed for him to focus on his research centered on Appalachian and substance use and advocate for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.