Deneia B. Thomas, PhD


Professor
West Virginia State University
Institute, WV 25112, USA

Biography

DeNeia Thomas, PhD, a native of Lexington, KY has amassed an outstanding career across the field of education and non-profit sectors spanning over 30 years. As a seasoned strategist and action-oriented leader with a strong skill of quickly implementing initiatives that yield positive outcomes. DeNeia believes in the alignment along the continuum of strategic planning toward implementation is critical for all stakeholders. Moreover, with the ability to envision the big picture to connect the dots for successful execution while engaging others develops an institutional process that is transparent and inclusive whereby increasing agreement and positive outcomes.

Having served in both higher education administrative roles as the Chief of Staff, Associate Provost and Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, and other executive positions in k-12 and the Kentucky Department of Education, it is evident that DeNeia is a visionary leader and a scholar with a deep commitment to excellence and a passion for making a difference. Having advanced throughout academe to full-tenured professor, she maintains an active research agenda with many artifacts focused on factors promoting success among people of color through understanding of within group strengths and differences. DeNeia continues service serving as grant-reviewer, peer reviewer for accreditation bodies and journals, boards and committees and is a member of many associations that advance the profession.

With both her PhD, MS in Educational Psychology, and EdS in School Psychology, from the University of Kentucky and her undergraduate in Psychology from Kentucky State University, DeNeia has certifications with concentrations in education, psychometry, assessment, accountability, evaluation and organizational management. She has also completed national leadership programs to remain in trend and advance her skillset as a leader.

Education

• (2005) PhD, University of Kentucky
• (1996) EdS, University of Kentucky
• (1992) MS, University of Kentucky
• (1990) BS, Kentucky State University

Research Interest

Research interest focus: Promoting factors that promote success among diverse populations established through empirical results and Specifically among women of color.

Scientific Activities

Leaderhip and Honors

• (2020), MLI Protégé, (Millennium Leadership Initiative), American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
• (2019), Newman Civic Fellow Mentor, Campus Compact Newman Fellowship
• (2019), Peer Reviewer, Peer Corps, Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
• (2018), HERS Fellow, HERS Leadership Institute, Higher Education Leadership Development Program
• (2018), Award of Excellence, (Student election) Beta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kentucky State University
• (2018), Book Reviewer, Pearson Publications 19
• (2015-2017), President, (elected) Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education, (KABHE)
• (2014), Sabbatical, Research and Leadership Development, Eastern Kentucky University
• (2010-2015), State Faculty Representative, (elected) Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education, (KABHE)
• (2008-2012), Chair, (appointed), Diversity Committee, Association for Assessment in Counseling & Education (AACE)
• (2009-2013), President (elected) Division: Issues in Assessment and Research Committee, Kentucky Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (KAACE)
• (2010), Co‐Lead (Faculty Advisor) Counseling and Educational Psychology Student Research Team Development, Eastern Kentucky University
• (2010), Field Reader United States Office of Postsecondary Education
• (2010), Co‐Lead (Faculty Advisor) Counseling and Educational Psychology Student Research Team Development, Eastern Kentucky University
• (2008), Dean’s Research Award (nominee), College of Education, Eastern Kentucky University
• (2009), Dean’s Teaching Award (nominee), College of Education, Eastern Kentucky University
• (2009), Journal Reviewer Journal of Diversity in Higher Education
• (2008), Journal Reviewer Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning
• (2008), Co‐Lead S.T.E.P.P.E.R.S. Project (Scholars Thriving to Explore and Promote Psychological and Educational Resilience and Success) The S.T.E.P.P.E.R.S ‐ Seek to research factors that promote the psychological wellbeing and educational success for students of color.
• (2007), McNair’s Scholars Mentor, Eastern Kentucky University
• (2007), Fellow and Diplomate African Centered Black Psychology, Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)
• (2005), Grant Reviewer 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Reviewer, Kentucky Department of Education
• (2001), Dissertation Award, African American Studies, University of Kentucky
• (2000), Dissertation Research Award- CCLD, Collaborative Center for Literacy Development, University of Kentucky
• (2000), Dissertation Research Award, Pauline C. Young Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
• (1998), Employee Recognition Award, Kentucky Department of Education
• (1997), Education Achievement Award, Kentucky Department of Education
• (1996), Commonwealth Incentive Award, University of Kentucky

Publications

1. Thomas D, Love K. Concrete Ceiling. Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. In: Thompson S, ed. Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield; 2015.
2. Thomas D, Wright LB. Diversity in schools. Are Multicultural Counseling Programs in Schools Need to Improve the Academic Performance of Students? Debating Issues in American Education. NY, USA: Sage Publications; 2014.
3. Love KM, Thomas DM. Parenting styles and adjustment outcomes among college students. Journal of College Student Development. 2014; 55(2): 139-150. doi: 10.1353/csd.2014.0013
4. Brown C, Love K, Tyler K, Garriott P, Thomas D, Roan-Bell C. Parental attachment, family communalism, and racial identity among African American college students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. 2013; 41: 108-122. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1912.2013.00031.x
5. Brown-Wright L, Tyler KM, Thomas D, Gadson N, Mulder S, et al. Investigating the link between home school dissonance and academic cheating among high school students. Urban Education. 2013; 48: 314-333. doi: 10.1177/0042085912469203
6. Brown-Wright L, Tyler KM, Thomas DM, Stevens-Watkins, Mulder S. Examining the associations among home-school dissonance, motivation, and classroom disruptive behavior for urban high school students. Educ Urban Soc. 2011; 45: 145-162. doi: 10.1177/0013124511408715
7. Tyler KM, Love KM, Thomas DM, Garriott PO, Brown CL, Roan-Belle CR. Linking communalism to college adjustment and institutional attachment for African American and European American undergraduates. College Student Affairs Journal. 2011; 30: 47-62.
8. VanWinkle C, Love K, Tyler KM, Smith LB, Thomas D. The influence of parental attachments across multiple indicators of adjustment among African American college students. National Social Science Journal. 2011; 36(1): 125-132.
10. Thomas D. Boosting research productivity through team collaboration: Faculty and students growing together. Kentucky Counseling Journal. 2010; 29(1): 24-25.
11. Garriott PO, Love KM, Tyler KM, Thomas DM, Roan-Belle CR, Brown CL. Testing an attachment model of Latina/o college students’ psychological adjustment. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 2010; 32(1): 104-117. doi: 10.1177/0739986309355753.
12. Tyler KM, Brown-Wright L, Stevens-Watkins D, Thomas DM, Stevens R, Roan-Belle CR, et al. Linking home school dissonance to school-based outcomes for African American high school students. Journal of Black Psychology. 2010; 36: 410-425. doi: 10.1177/0095798409353758
13. Tyler KM, Love KM, Garriott PO, Brown CL, Roan-Belle C, Thomas DM. Linking communalism to achievement correlates for Black and White. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 2010; 22(1): 23-31.
14. Thomas D, Love K. A cross-cultural examination of parenting practices yielding positive outcomes. National Social Science Proceedings. 2009; 43: 152-159.
15. Thomas D, Love K, Roan-Belle C, Tyler K, Brown C, Garriott P. Motivation, selfefficacy, and academic adjustment among African American women attending institutions of higher education. Journal of Negro Education. 2009; 78: 159-171.
16. Thomas D, Love K, Tyler K. Exploring racial variations and the impact of parental attachments and psychological health among diverse college students. 2009. Web site. https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/vistas/by-year2/vistas-2009/docs/default-source/vistas/vistas_2009_thomas-love-tyler.
17. Love K, Tyler KM, Thomas D, Garriott P, Brown C, Roan-Belle C. The influence of multiple attachments on wellbeing: A model for African American college students attending HBCUs. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 2009; 2: 35-45.
18. Puglia B, Hall S, Thomas D. Enhancing multiculturalism across the counseling curriculum. Kentucky Counseling Association Journal. 2008; 27(1): 30-35.
19. Thomas D, Love K, Roan C, Tyler K, Brown C, Garriott P. Individual and contextual factors are affecting academic adjustment among African American college students. Kentucky Counseling Association Journal. 2007; 26: 40-46.
20. Research Assistantship. Family environment on self-esteem and academic achievement in black males. Educational, School & Counseling Psychology; University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY, USA.
21. Research Assistantship. Sensation seeking and drug abuse prevention. Educational, School & Counseling Psychology; University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY, USA.