M. Evan Thomas

M. Evan Thomas

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

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Email: evan.thomas@converse.edu

Office: University Center Greenville, Suite D-3

Phone: 864.596.9211


BS in Psychology, University of Georgia

MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Virginia Tech


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.


Year Published Faculty Citation Publication
In Press

Morgan, A.A.*, Thomas, M.E.*, & Brossoie, N.

* Denotes Co-First Authors

Trauma-informed care as a framework for addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: An exploratory Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Journal of Rural Mental Health.

In Press

Nedela, M.R., Thomas, M.E., & Murray, M.M.

Circles of outness: Systemic exploration of disclosure decisions in mixed-orientation relationships. In Whitman, J.S. and Boyd, C.J. The Therapist’s Notebook for Sexual and Gender Identity Diverse Clients. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press.


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.


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.


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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