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CDAP > Faculty > Dr. Suzanne Thomas
Dr. Suzanne Thomas

dr. thomas

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, College of Health Professions



Auburn University, Auburn,  ALB.A.  1990 Psychology
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC   Ph.D. 1996Experimental Psychology
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC  Postdoctoral1998Alcohol Research


1998-2000  Research Instructor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2000-2005Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2003-2007Shared Scientific Resource Core Director, Charleston Alcohol Research Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2005-2007Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2007-presentResearch Mentor, Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program
2007-presentDirector, Office of Addiction Education and Outreach, Charleston Alcohol Research Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2007-presentAssociate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2008-presentAssociate Professor, College of Health Professions, MUSC, Charleston, SC


1994-1996 Student Representative (appointed by Provost) for the Internal Review Board and the Animal Care and Use Committee, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
1996Recipient of the Ralph H. Tindall Fellowship, awarded by the University of South Carolina for outstanding doctoral thesis
1997-1999Recipient of a Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Junior Investigator Award
2005Invited Speaker for the Dean's Lecture Series; presented information on evidence-based addiction treatments to 3rd year medical school students
2006-presentExpert Consultant, National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices, SAMHSA

Editorial Consultant/Advisor for the National Women's Health Report: Substance Abuse and Women.  National Women's Health Resource Center, Washington, DC

2007-2008Fellow, MUSC Trustees Leadership Academy
2008AMERSA Travel Award


Bacon AK & Thomas SE. Stress reactivity, social anxiety, and alcohol consumption in people with alcoholism: A laboratory study. Journal of Dual Diagnosis 9(2):107-114, 2013. PMCID: 3646382

Book SW, Thomas SE, Smith JP, Randall PK, Kushner MG, Bernstein GA, Specker SM, Miller PM & Randall CL. Treating individuals with social anxiety disorder and at-risk drinking: Phasing in a brief alcohol intervention following paroxetine. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 27(2):252-258, 2013.

Merrill JE & Thomas SE. Interactions between adaptive coping and drinking to cope in predicting naturalistic drinking and drinking following a lab-based psychosocial stressor. Addictive Behaviors 38(3):1672-1678, 2013. PMCID: 3558592

Patrick E, Whitson M, Smith A, Parnell J, Thomas SE & Blankenship CC. GnRH receptor antagonists for prostate cancer. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 26(7):51-52, 2013.


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