Rebecca Thomas


Program:  Clinical Psychology
Advisor:  Deborah Fein
Anticipated Graduation:  2024
Education: M.A. Intellectual Disability/Autism, Teachers College Columbia University, 2014

B.A. Psychology, Bowdoin College, 2010

M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2020

Research Interests: Early identification and assessment of autism spectrum disorders

ASD screening methods in primary care settings

Representative Publications: 1. Miller, J.S., Thomas, R.P., Bianconi, S., Bruchey, A., Davis, R.J., Ficicioglu, C., Guthrie, W., Bennett-Palladino, A., & Thurm, A. (under review). Early signs of creatine transporter deficiency.

 

2. Samson, A.C., Hardan, A.Y., Podell, R.W., Phillips, J.M., & Gross, J.J. (2015). Emotion regulation in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 8(1), 9-18. doi: 10.1002/aur.1387

 

3. Wieckowski, A.T., de Marchena, A., Algur, Y., Nichols, L., Fernandes, S., Thomas, R.P., McClure, L., Dufek, S., Fein, D., Adamson, L.B., Stahmer, A., Robins, D.L. (in press). The first five minutes: Initial impressions during ASD diagnostic evaluations. Autism Research.

 

4. Wieckowski, A.T., Thomas, R.P., Chen, C-M.A., Zitter, A., Fein, D.A., Barton, M.L., Adamson, L.B., & Robins, D.L. (2021). Effect of brief training to identify ASD during toddler well-child care visits.  Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000938

 

5. Dai, Y., Thomas, R.P., Brennan, L., Helt, M., Barton, M., Dumont-Mathieu, T., Fein, D.A. (2021). Development and acceptability of a new program for caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder:   Online Parent Training in Early Behavioral Intervention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04863-z

 

6. Farmer, C.A., Kaat, A., Thurm, A., Anselm, I., Akshoomoff, N., Bennett, A., Berry, L., Bruchey, A., Barshop, B., Berry-Kravis, E., Bianconi, S., Cecil, K.M., Davis, R.J., Ficicioglu, C., Porter, F.D., Wainer, A., Goin-Kochel, R.P., Leonczyk, C., Guthrie, W., Koeberl, D., Love-Nichols, J., Mamak, E., Mercimek-Andrews, S., Thomas, R.P., Spiridigliozzi, G., Sullivan, N., Sutton, V.R., Udhnani, M.D., Waisbren, S.E., & Miller, J.S. (2020). Person ability scores as an alternative to norm-referenced scores as outcome measures in studies of neurodevelopmental disorders. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 125(6), 475 480.

 

7. Thomas, R. P., Wang, L. A. L., Guthrie, W., Cola, M., Mccleery, J. P., Pandey, J., Schultz, R.T., & Miller, J. S.   (2019). What’s in a name? A preliminary event-related potential study of response to name in preschool children with and without autism spectrum disorder. PLOS ONE, 14(5), 1–16.https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216051

 

8. Miller, J.S., Thomas, R.P., Bennett, A., Bianconi, S., Bruchey, A., Davis, R.J., Ficicioglu, C., Guthrie, W., Porter, F.D., & Thurm, A.  (2019). Early Indicators of Creatine Transporter Deficiency.  Journal of Pediatrics, 206, 283-285. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.11.008.

 

9. Samson, A.C., Hardan, A.Y., Podell, R.W., Phillips, J.M., & Gross, J.J. (2015). Emotion regulation in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 8(1), 9-18. doi: 10.1002/aur.1387

 

Contact Information
Emailrebecca.p.thomas@uconn.edu