Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2021 J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2020 M.Ed., Loyola University Chicago, 2016 B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University, 2014
Advanced Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
Kathryn Thomas is a Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Her research interests sit at the intersection of psychology and the criminal legal system. She is particularly interested in the health-harming impacts of incarceration and wrongful conviction from a legal epidemiological perspective, and factors that impact trajectories of psychological adjustment upon re-entry following incarceration. As a clinical psychologist, she has conducted forensic evaluations and provided evidence-based therapy to justice-involved clients in a variety of forensic settings (including a forensic hospital, juvenile court clinic, and forensic drug diversion program), and she currently conducts forensic evaluations (including competency to stand trial, not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and mitigation evaluations) in the Division of Law and Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She recently completed her clinical internship at Yale School of Medicine’s Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology. She currently provides training about mental health and crisis intervention to Connecticut law enforcement through the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Connecticut and has experience in criminal defense, post-conviction appeals, and §1983 civil rights litigation.