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Kathryn Thomas, PhD, JD

Postdoctoral Associate

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Kathryn Thomas, PhD, JD


Kathryn Thomas is a joint Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale Law School’s Justice Collaboratory and Yale School of Medicine’s SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. Her research interests sit at the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. She is particularly interested in the psychological impact of incarceration and wrongful conviction, and factors that impact trajectories of recovery upon re-entry following incarceration. Clinically, she has provided evidence-based therapy to justice-involved clients in a variety of forensic settings, and she currently conducts forensic evaluations (including competency to stand trial, insanity, and mitigation evaluations) in the Division of Law and Psychiatry. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She recently completed her clinical internship at Yale School of Medicine’s Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Connecticut, and has experience in criminal defense and civil rights litigation.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Counseling Psychology (2021)
  • Predoctoral Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (2021)
  • JD
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2020)
  • MEd
    Loyola University Chicago (2016)
  • BA
    Illinois Wesleyan University, Psychology and Studio Art (2014)

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