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"Foster a healthy curiosity about yourself, others, and the world so that your life remains interesting, enjoyable, and fulfilling" - Susan Thomas


I am full-time faculty in the Psychology Department as of fall quarter 2020, but have taught part-time at De Anza since winter quarter 2016. I have several additional years of teaching behind me, having taught: group facilitators, high school students, college students, and junior high school students.

Prior to teaching at De Anza, I was a consultant and corporate trainer who facilitated, trained and taught a variety of groups and individuals over 25 years. My specific area of expertise is in interpersonal interaction, including topics of: communication, problem solving, values clarification, leadership, stress management, team building, and conflict resolution. I am particularly sensitive to multicultural issues, having lived, worked, and taught abroad (in Japan and Uganda).

In addition, I have worked in event planning, mediation, and mental health counseling. I hold a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Classes I Teach

Winter 2022

35477PSYC 154ZGeneral Psychology
31616PSYC 201ZResearch Methods in Psychology
35658PSYC 1465ZDevelopmental Aspects of Psychology

Fall 2021

02132PSYC 156ZGeneral Psychology
25900PSYC 201ZResearch Methods in Psychology
02159PSYC 1451ZDevelopmental Aspects of Psychology

Faculty Info

Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas





  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • B.A. Psychology, University of CA, Santa Barbara
  • B.A. Sociology, University of CA, Santa Barbara

Office Hours

Fall 2020

Please email me to set an appointment.

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