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Yonette Thomas, Ph.D.

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Yonette  Thomas, Ph.D.


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1992 Ph.D.
Howard University
1989 M.A.
Howard University
1985 B.A.
Howard University


Yonette F. Thomas, Ph.D. is a Voluntary Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  She teaches social epidemiology and the social epidemiology of drug abuse. Dr. Thomas is a senior researcher/senior advisor with the Association of American Geographers in Washington, DC, where she focuses on place and health. She was formerly the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance at Howard University and had faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the School of Pharmacy. Previously she served as the program director for the sociology epidemiology program and branch chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the
Consortium of Social Science Associations Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network.  Her primary research and publications have focused on the social epidemiology of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and the link with geography, including edited volumes on Geography and Drug Addiction, 2009 and Crime, HIV, and Health: Intersections of Criminal Justice and Public Health Concerns, 2013.
 She was recently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Proposed Revision to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences; the final report was published by the National Academies in January 2014.  She was honored by the American Sociological Association in 2010 for her work to foster sociological approaches at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH.
 Dr. Thomas is a standing member of the NICHD/NIH Population Sciences Review Committee.