Janet Thomas, PhD, LP

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care

Janet Thomas

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
717 Delaware Street SE
Suite 166
MMC 1932
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Colleen Doyle

Administrative Email

Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Minneapolis, MN

PhD, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Master's Degree, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Master's Degree, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Bachelor's Degree, University of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA

Internship, University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


Dr. Thomas completed her Ph.D. training in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on behavioral medicine at Louisiana State University. She later completed internship training in Health Psychology at the University of California, San Diego and a post-doctoral research fellowship in tobacco research at the Nicotine Dependence Center and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Minnesota, she was an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. There she taught Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to first year medical students and served as a preceptor to students in the Master’s in Public Health program. Although primarily a behavioral scientist, Dr. Thomas is also a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Her primary research interests targets tobacco control efforts among underserved populations including African American, Native American and East African communities. Her current research uses behavioral interventions to decrease smoking among young adult college students using contingency management approaches or “Quit and Win” smoking cessation contests. She has also utilized this approach to address weight loss among college students. In addition, she is investigating the use of biomarker feedback documenting child exposure to tobacco specific carcinogens to promote smoke free homes. Finally, she is collaborating with the Twin Cities East African community to decrease waterpipe smoking (hookah) in homes and public venues. She has served as an NIH grant reviewer.

Professional Associations

  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Tobacco Consortium