Dr. Thomas is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences within the College of Public Health at Temple University. She is a psychologist and mental health services researcher with a background in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery-oriented treatment for individuals with serious mental illnesses. To date, her research interests and work have particularly centered on early intervention in psychosis, clinical decision-making (including the elucidation of treatment targets that promote community integration) and the role of peer specialists in fostering service engagement and community integration. Currently, Dr. Thomas is pursuing research on peer-delivered decision support to enhance emerging adults' engagement in early intervention services with support from a K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




SBS 2201

Health Communication


Selected Publications

  • Thomas, E.C., Brusilovskiy, E., O'Shea, A., & Salzer, M.S. (2024). Self-determination and self-efficacy as predictors of campus engagement among college students with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatr Rehabil J. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000600

  • Thomas, E.C., Read, H., Neumann, N., Zagorac, S., Taylor, C., Kramer, I., Fisher, R.M., & Angelis, T.D.e. (2023). Implementation of occupational therapy within early intervention in psychosis services: Results from a national survey. Early Interv Psychiatry, 17(7), pp. 652-661. Australia. doi: 10.1111/eip.13359

  • Thomas, E.C., Jones, N., Shern, D.L., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Identifying indicators of community participation-promoting efforts within coordinated specialty care: A modified e-Delphi study of stakeholder perspectives. Early Interv Psychiatry, 16(12), pp. 1376-1390. Australia. doi: 10.1111/eip.13282

  • Walter, O., Thomas, E.C., & Salzer, M.S. (2022). Exploring peer specialists' experiences with spirituality in their work: Recommendations for future directions. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 45(1), pp. 95-102. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000495

  • Thomas, E.C., Suarez, J., Lucksted, A., Siminoff, L., Hurford, I., Dixon, L., O'Connell, M., & Salzer, M. (2022). Treatment decision-making needs among emerging adults with early psychosis. Early Interv Psychiatry, 16(1), pp. 78-90. Australia. doi: 10.1111/eip.13134

  • Thomas, E.C., Ben-David, S., Treichler, E., Roth, S., Dixon, L.B., Salzer, M., & Zisman-Ilani, Y. (2021). A Systematic Review of Shared Decision-Making Interventions for Service Users With Serious Mental Illnesses: State of the Science and Future Directions. Psychiatr Serv, 72(11), pp. 1288-1300. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Thomas, E.C., Suarez, J., Lucksted, A., Siminoff, L.A., Hurford, I., Dixon, L.B., O'Connell, M., Penn, D.L., & Salzer, M.S. (2021). Facilitating treatment engagement for early psychosis through peer-delivered decision support: intervention development and protocol for pilot evaluation. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 7(1), p. 189. England. doi: 10.1186/s40814-021-00927-8

  • Shaffer, V.A., Brodney, S., Gavaruzzi, T., Zisman-Ilani, Y., Munro, S., Smith, S.K., Thomas, E., Valentine, K.D., & Bekker, H.L. (2021). Do Personal Stories Make Patient Decision Aids More Effective? An Update from the International Patient Decision Aids Standards. Med Decis Making, 41(7), pp. 897-906. United States. doi: 10.1177/0272989X211011100

  • Oren, R.R., Roe, D., Hasson-Ohayon, I., Roth, S., Thomas, E.C., & Zisman-Ilani, Y. (2021). Beliefs About the Causes of Psychosis Among Persons With Psychosis and Mental Health Professionals: A Scoping Review. Psychiatr Serv, 72(10), pp. 1178-1192. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Thomas, E.C., Bass, S.B., & Siminoff, L.A. (2021). Beyond rationality: Expanding the practice of shared decision making in modern medicine. Soc Sci Med, 277, p. 113900. England. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113900

  • Zisman-Ilani, Y., Hurford, I., Bowen, A., Salzer, M., & Thomas, E.C. (2021). Evaluating the feasibility of a decision aid to promote shared decision making among young adults with first-episode psychosis: protocol for a pilot study. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 7(1), p. 22. England. doi: 10.1186/s40814-020-00757-0

  • Snethen, G., Jeffries, V., Thomas, E., & Salzer, M. (2021). Welcoming places: Perspectives of individuals with mental illnesses. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 91(1), pp. 76-85. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000519

  • Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., O'Shea, A., Suarez, J., Hurford, I., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). An Examination of the Community Participation Interests of Young Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses. J Behav Health Serv Res, 47(4), pp. 526-543. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11414-019-09678-0

  • Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., & Salzer, M.S. (2020). Community participation factors and poor neurocognitive functioning among persons with schizophrenia. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 90(1), pp. 90-97. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000399

  • Thomas, E.C., Snethen, G., McCormick, B., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). An exploration of linear and curvilinear relationships between community participation and neurocognition among those with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatr Rehabil J, 42(4), pp. 358-365. United States. doi: 10.1037/prj0000364

  • Thomas, E.C., Zisman-Ilani, Y., & Salzer, M.S. (2019). Self-Determination and Choice in Mental Health: Qualitative Insights From a Study of Self-Directed Care. Psychiatr Serv, 70(9), pp. 801-807. United States. doi: 10.1176/

  • Storm, M., Husebø, A.M.L., Thomas, E.C., Elwyn, G., & Zisman-Ilani, Y. (2019). Coordinating Mental Health Services for People with Serious Mental Illness: A Scoping Review of Transitions from Psychiatric Hospital to Community. Adm Policy Ment Health, 46(3), pp. 352-367. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10488-018-00918-7

  • Thomas, E., Suarez, J., Bowen, A., Salzer, M., Hurford, I., Dixon, L., & Zisman-Ilani, Y. (2019). DEMOGRAPHIC, INTERPERSONAL, NEUROCOGNITIVE, AND ATTITUDINAL PREDICTORS OF SHARED DECISION-MAKING AMONG SERVICE USERS WITH EARLY PSYCHOSIS. SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, 45, pp. S303-S304. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbz018.543

  • Thomas, E.C., Bilger, A., Wilson, A.B., & Draine, J. (2019). Conceptualizing restorative justice for people with mental illnesses leaving prison or jail. Am J Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), pp. 693-703. United States. doi: 10.1037/ort0000316