Sarah A. Thomas, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a research program on adolescent risk behavior. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University and her master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical science from the University of Maryland College Park in 2016 after completing a 1-year clinical internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute in child and family therapy, and pediatric behavioral medicine.
Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on the use of novel biobehavioral methods, including allelic risk factors, cardiovascular indices, social stress tasks, and neurobiological assessments, to investigate predictors and consequences of adolescent engagement in risk behavior, with an emphasis on substance use. She has recently begun to investigate neurobehavioral mechanisms associated with adolescent cannabis use in order to understand factors that increase vulnerability to addiction in adolescence.