- Ed.D. - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
- M.A. - University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
- B.A. - University of Western Colorado, Gunnison, CO
Efficacy of Therapeutic Recreation interventions, therapeutic interventions for people with dementia, leisure and aging, clinical assessment, protocol development, research methods, quality improvement.
Selected Presentations and/or Publications
Thomas, D. (2014). Wandering behavior and Alzheimer’s disease. Ukrainian Ministry of Health: Archives of Psychiatry, 20(4), 16-17.
Thomas, D. (2013). Active video games may improve attitudes about exercise. MRPA Professional
Quarterly, 5(3), 20.
Thomas, D., & Smith, M. (2009). The effect of music on caloric consumption among nursing home residents with dementia. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 33 (1), 1-16.
Thomas, D. (2008). Ukranian inpatient dementia care: A survey of two neuropsychiatric hospitals. Journal of Social Research and Practice, 7(2).
Thomas, D., Glogoski, C., Johnson, J. (2006). The effect of a supervised walking program on wandering among residents with dementia. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 30, 1-13.
Thomas, D. (1999). Evaluating the relationship between premorbid leisure preferences and wandering among patients with dementia. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 23, 33-48.
Thomas, D. & Butts, F. (1998). Leisure Motives of International Elderhostel Participants. Journal of Traveling & Marketing, 7, 31-38.
Thomas, D., Heitman, R., and Alexander, T. (1997) The effect of music on bathing cooperation among nursing home residents with dementia. Journal of Music Therapy, 34, 246-259
Thomas, D. (1997). Understanding the wanderer: A continuity of personality perspective. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 23, 16-24.
Thomas, D. (1996). A case study on the effects of a retrofitted dementia care unit on resident behaviors. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 11, 8-14.
Thomas, D. (1995). Wandering: A proposed definition. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 21, 35-41.
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association
- Michigan Therapeutic Recreation Association
- Principle investigator of SCU efficacy to patient/family outcomes. $21,000 grant from Henry Ford Village, 2000-2002.
- Independent project evaluator for $222,213 federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education: "Community Connection Project", Beaument Hospital, 1999-2003.