Medical School

General Internal Medicine

Department of Medicine

Janet Thomas, PhD, LP

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Academic Title

Associate Professor of Medicine


Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
Psychology, BA, University of California, Riverside
San Diego State University, MSW, Clinical Social Work, Louisiana State University, MA, Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Behavioral Medicine
San Diego State University, MSW, Clinical Social Work, Louisiana State University, PhD, Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Behavioral Medicine
Other Education
Internship University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University Consortium - Health Psychology

Administrative Contact

General Information
E: GenMed
P: (612) 624-0468
F: (612) 626-6782

Mailing Address

Division of General Internal Medicine
717 Delaware Street SE, Suite 166
MC 1932
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Bio Statement

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 Affiliations

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