Dr Thomas is a Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and has academic affiliations with both The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and completed a PhD on adolescent bullying and cyberbullying. She has significant experience working in school settings as both a clinician and a researcher. Dr Thomas developed and validated the Bullying and Cyberbullying Scale for Adolescents (BCS-A) – see research highlights below for more information. Her continuing interests are in the prevention of adverse childhood experiences to reduce mental and physical illness in the population.
More information on Dr Thomas and her publications, grants, and supervision can be found here.
Research Fellow, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland
2019-2020: Visiting Scientist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
2013-2017: PhD Candidate, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, The University of Queensland
2012-2013: Research Assistant, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, The University of Queensland
2012-2013: Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Queensland
2012-2015: Undergraduate Tutor, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
Bullying and Cyberbullying Scale for Adolescents (BCS-A) is an empirically validated self-report survey tool that measures bullying behaviour in young people aged 12-17 years. The BCS-A measures both victimisation (being bullied) and perpetration (bullying others) The survey also measures different forms of bullying behaviour – those which occur face-to-face as well as those that occur online. The BCS-A became commercially available through UniQuest in 2018. It has since been translated into numerous languages (French, German, Spanish, Indonesian, Persian, Romanian, Serbian).
Invited author for the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Bullying (2021) – a comprehension two-volume book with contributions from leading scholars. The book summarises the latest theories, findings, developmental aspects, and interventions relevant to bullying in a variety of settings.
Co-supervised Amarzaya Jadambaa’s PhD project (QUT) which estimated the prevalence, health outcomes, cost outcomes, and conducted an economic evaluation of a bullying intervention program.
General Registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA
Member, Australian Psychological Society
Member, Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
2018: Award for Excellent PhD Thesis, Australian Psychological Society
2015: Outstanding Scholar Award, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, The University of Queensland
2014: Runner-Up, Three-Minute Thesis Competition, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland
2013-2017: Bryan Foundation Youth Mental Health PhD Scholarship
2013: Dr Helen Row Zonta International Memorial Prize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2020: Master of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland
2017: PhD, The University of Queensland
Thesis titled “Bullying among children and adolescents: Definition, prevalence, clinical correlates, and dimensional measurement”
2011: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Hons 1), The University of Queensland
Thesis titled “The Austin Maze: A marker of right temporal lobe function in epilepsy patients?”
2010: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business Management, The University of Queensland