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Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Dr. Joy Thomas

Assistant Professor

Dr. Joy Thomas

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Dr. Joy Thomas

Position: Assistant Professor
Endowed Title: Health Science Coordinator
Office: Lumpkin Center 156B
Phone: 706-568-2060
E-mail: thomas_joy1@columbusstate.edu
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Education

Dr. Joy Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Doctorate in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Education and Behavior from Georgia Southern University.

Specialty Area

Public Health, Health Disparity, Community Based Participatory Research, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Research, Adolescent Health, Community Based Coalition Building, Behavioral Programming (Implementation/Evaluation), Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Health Outcomes Research, Grant Development and Management, Community-Academic Partnerships

Bio

Dr. Thomas has a mission to contribute to the body of research that helps to reduce global health disparity. She enjoys working in hands-on environments and challenging others to reach their potential in creative ways. She loves bringing out the best in others and works hard to prepare students for the professional world through real world examples and engaged learning. She has professional experience with Community Based Participatory Research, bringing in both field level and academic experiences to solve complex health disparity issues. She serves as chair for the Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Advisor for BACCHUS Peer Educators and Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honor Society. 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Scott, A., Ejimke, S., Clottey, E. & Thomas, J. (2013) Obesity Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa. Health Promotion International, 28(1):4-16. doi: 10.1093/heapro/das038. Epub 2012 Aug 29.

Seale, J., Fifield, J., Davis-Smith, M., Satterfield, R., Thomas, J., Cole, B., Atkinson, M. & Boltri, J. (2013): Developing culturally congruent weight maintenance programs for African American church members, Ethnicity & Health, 18(2):152-67. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2012.708914. Epub 2012 Sep 3.

Boltri, JM., Davis-Smith, M., Seale, P., Fifield, J., Goens, JD., Okosun, IS. (2010). The Church-Based Diabetes Prevention and Translation-2 Study (CBDPT-2). Diabetes, 2010, Vol.59, pp.A29-A30. 

RESEARCH SUPERVISION

Clinkscales, H., Thomas, J., Jackson, S., & Knight, N.(2014) Strengthening Mental Health Through Grief Counseling in Middle Schools, [Poster] American School Health Association Annual Meeting October 9-11, Portland, Oregon.

Sharda, S. & Thomas, J.  The Harvest is Plenty: A faith-based Health Assessment Society of Public Health Education Annual Meeting, [Poster] March 19-21. 

Clinkscales, H., Van deVoorde, A., Thomas, J. (2014) What’s on Your Plate? Society of Public Health Education Annual Meeting, [Poster] March 19-21.     

Short, S. & Thomas, J. (2014) The Harvest is Plenty: A faith-based Health Assessment Columbus State University, Tower Day, [Poster] April 13-17, 2014 

Clinkscales, H., Van deVoorde, A., Thomas, J. (2014) What’s on Your Plate? Columbus State University, Tower Day, [Poster] April 13-17, 2014 

Casey, A., Fountain, M., Underwood, T., & Thomas, J. (2014) Indoor Air Quality Monitoring of Smoke and Smoke-Free Workplaces in Columbus, GA, Columbus State University, Tower Day, [Poster] April 13-17.     

Abikoye, A., Thomas, J., & Underwood, T. (2013) Indoor Air Quality Monitoring and Geospatial Analysis of Smoking and Smoke-Free Workplaces in Columbus, GA. [Poster] Domin Graduate Research Conference, Columbus State University, October 24, 2013. 

Wells, R.  & Goens, J. (2011) 2011-08-19 "Impact of Social Factors in an African American Church-Based Diabetes Prevention Program" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American

Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506678_index.html