Thomas, Monica S.
Franciscan Health Care Professions & Health Science
School of Health Professions
Co-Director, Franciscan Health Care Professions
Director, Health Science Program
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- Ph.D., 2005, Marywood University, Scranton, Pa.; Emphasis: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Human Development with specialization in Health Promotion.
- M.S., 1994, Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y.; Emphasis: Education.
- B.S., 1990, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.; Emphasis: Health and Physical Education.
- Certified Wellness Speaker: Completed training to become a Certified Wellness Speaker.
- NASPA Outside the Classroom (The Professional Development Institute): Certificate in Alcohol Prevention Leadership.
- Member of National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)
- Member of Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators: Member of Advisory Board; Region II Representative for the Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Community; Serve on Program Review Committee for the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Prevention Conference
- NASPA Region II Mid-Manager's Institute: Attended a four-day institute to enhance skills in key leadership areas and to further develop the ability to work effectively within a campus environment as a leader in Student Affairs; Appointed class leader
- The BACCHUS Network: Member of Advisory Board; Served as the PA State Coordinator.
- The Over & Above Award (The University of Scranton - 2010): Recognized by the Vice President for Student Affairs for continuing efforts to go over and above required duties within the Division of Student Affairs.
- The University of Scranton Staff Senate: Served as a Senator on The University of Scranton Staff Senate.
- The University of Scranton Wellness Committee: Supervise Employee Wellness Coordinator; Serve on committee as Health Promotion consultant.
- Women's Center Advisory Council: Member of the Jane Kopas Woman's Center Advisory Committee; Member of PACT (Promoting Awareness of the College Transition) Working Committee, a vital and required program offered to all first year students and candidly discusses information about healthy relationships, communication, consent and sexual assault.
- Director of the Center for Health and Wellness, University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa., 2007-2013; developed operational plans to address campus community concerns and needs through programming, outreach and prevention-related services with the goal of promoting individual health.
- Doctoral faculty member, Marywood University, Scranton, Pa., 2011-2013; restructured doctoral-level courses for candidates in the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development program.
- Assistant professor of health and physical education, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pa., 2004-2007
- Head women's basketball coach and part-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Education, Keystone College, LaPlume, Pa., 2000-2004.
- Health and physical education instructor, Marywood University, Scranton, Pa., 1997-2000.
- Elementary physical education teacher, Elmira City School District, Elmira, N.Y., 1990-1997.
Selected Presentations and Publications
- Thomas, M. (2013, February). Principles of Showmanship in Presentations. Scranton, PA: Ignite Leadership Conference.
- Thomas, M. (2013, February). Royal TAPS: An interactive alcohol prevention program for first-year students. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Division of Students Affairs. (Invited guest).
- Thomas, M. (2013, February). Royal TAPS: An interactive alcohol prevention program for first-year students. Fort Worth, TX: NASPA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Prevention National Conference.
- Boehm, C. & Zesiger, H. (2013, February). Wellness and health promotion director's pre-conference workshop. Fort Worth, TX: NASPA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Prevention National Conference. (Invited panelist).
- Thomas, M. (2013, January). The eight dimensions of wellness and the keys to a successful college experience. Scranton, PA: Academic courses and resident hall sessions. (Invited guest).
- Thomas, M. & Valis, J. (2011, November). There's an app for that! Reston, VA: BACCHUS General Assembly National Conference.
- Thomas, M., McShea, A. & Rivera, L. (2011, September). Alcohol use and abuse: Examining the impact on students and the university. Scranton, PA: The University of Scranton President's Cabinet meeting. (Invited guest).
- Thomas, M. & Rivera, L. (2011, June). The state of alcohol use and abuse among university students. Scranton, PA: Division of Student Affairs Divisional Retreat. (Invited guest).
- Thomas, M., McShea, A. & Rivera, L. (2011, May). Alcohol use and abuse: Examining the impact on students and the university. Scranton, PA: Board of Trustees Campus Community Meeting. (Invited guest).
- Thomas, M. (2011, March}. Walking works. Scranton, PA: University of Scranton Wellness Day for Staff and Faculty. Thomas, M. (2011, February). You're never NOT communicating. Scranton, PA: Ignite Leadership Conference.
- Thomas, M. & Valis, J. (2010, November). No more loko! Keeping up with the changing face of alcohol prevention. Indianapolis, IN: BACCHUS General Assembly National Conference.
- Thomas, M. (2010, June). Late night at Scranton: A revitalizing cultural change for our campus. Wheeling, WV: NASPA Region II Conference.
- Thomas, M., Cortese, J., & Winslow, J. (2008, February). Health and wellness initiatives at The University of Scranton. Scranton, PA: Board of Trustees Campus Community Meeting. (Invited guest).
- Thomas, M. (2007). Are Physical Education Teachers more Physically Active than College Graduates of Other Professions? Pennsylvania Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 77(2), 40-42.
- Thomas, M. (2005). What is the Change in Physical Activity Level of College Alumni Between High School, College, and Present? Dissertation Abstracts International, 66 (05), 1692B (UMI No. 3176920)
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS
PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT