Ashley Thomas

Ashley N. Thomas is a first-year doctoral student in the School of Social Work. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work, with a minor in Sociology (2014), and her Master of Social Work with a graduate certificate in Addiction Studies (2018). Upon obtaining her BSW, Ashley worked as a family services worker with the Arkansas Department of Child & Family Services. In addition, Ashley’s extensive clinical experience includes providing culturally relevant therapeutic services in the areas of school-based therapy, inpatient hospital therapy (acute psychiatric illness), outpatient/community-based mental health, and individual and marriage and family therapy.  

Ashley’s primary research interest is industrial-organizational leadership and management. Specifically, she is interested in the role of emotional intelligence and spirituality in leadership and management. Additionally, Ashley’s research goal is to pilot the Holistically Healthy Leader curriculum, a training module to enhance organizational leadership, increase long-term retention rates of leaders, and improve overall organizational effectiveness. 

Ashley relocated to Pittsburgh from Memphis, TN, with her husband and daughter. Ashley enjoys being a mother and looks forward to expanding her young family very soon. 

Selected Fellowships 

  • Fellow (2014), Arkansas State University Title IV-E Child Welfare Program, Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 
  • Dr. Dick Freer award/scholarship for social justice (2018)