Dr. Elaine Thomas completed her Psy.D. at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in child-clinical community psychology at CPC Behavioral Healthcare in New Jersey, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She completed additional post-doctoral training in child sexual abuse and child trauma in the Giaretto Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program of EMQ Children and Family Services in San Jose, California. Prior to joining the faculty of the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 2005, Dr. Thomas served as the Clinical Director at the Shyness Clinic in Palo Alto, California where she coordinated intake and evaluation services, and provided group and individual psychotherapy to adults and children with social phobia and other anxiety disorders. She was also previously employed as a staff psychologist at EMQ Children and Family services where she supervised clinical psychology interns and practicum students, and provided psychotherapy and psychological testing services to children and adolescents. She has provided mental health services to children and families in a number of settings including private practice, the largest multi-service agency in Northern California serving children, two community mental health centers, a children's hospital, a college counseling center, and a treatment facility for juvenile offenders. Her clinical interests include child sexual abuse treatment, child trauma treatment, treatment of anxiety disorders, culturally sensitive assessment and intervention, and the psychosocial effects of chronic illness in children and families. The courses she teaches include Clinical Interviewing, Ethics, Seminar in Psychotherapy, Child and Family Behavior Therapy, and Child Maltreatment. Dr. Thomas maintains a part-time private practice in Marietta, Georgia where she provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents and families. Additionally, she is a Board Member of the Georgia Psychological Association and an authorized facilitator for the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Georgia Psychological Association, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.