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Alvin Thomas

Expert on positive youth development–risks and protections for children, effects of father engagement, especially for boys. Explores outcomes including violence, academic performance, and well-being.

Phyllis Northway Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor; Human Development and Family Studies School of Human Ecology Work: 608-263-2742 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @Dr_AT758


  • Ethnic identity, father engagement in services, and the mental health of Black men and boys.
  • Youth violence and how parents build self-efficacy to help reduce the effects of exposure to violence.


  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Early Career Award 2021 Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences Early Career Award 2022
  • Alumni fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course and the Health Equity Leadership Institute.
  • Fulbright Specialist
  • Center for the Education of Women Graduate Scholarship (first man to receive an award from the Center in its 40-year history)
  • Scholar in Residence at Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University, Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and the U.S Collaborative of Poverty Center