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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

Fall 2022

02132PSYC 156ZGeneral Psychology
25900PSYC 201YResearch 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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