Liz Thomas, Ph.D


Liz is a research scientist with the Collaborative. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, completed her clinical internship at the University of Maryland / Baltimore VA consortium, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her training and experience has especially been grounded in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery principles, with a focus on serving individuals with SMI. Broadly, Liz’s research interests include developing and evaluating interventions for individuals with SMI (particularly young adults experiencing early psychosis) that help them live meaningful and fulfilling lives; and studying implementation issues and outcomes related to peer support services.


  1. Thomas, E. C., Muralidharan, A., Medoff, D., & Drapalski, A. (in press). Self-efficacy as a mediator of the relationship between social support and recovery in serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.
  2. Spaulding, W. D., Cook, E., & Avila, A. (2014). Therapeutic jurisprudence and recovery from severe and disabling mental illness. In: B. Bornstein & R. Wiener (Eds.). Justice, Conflict, and Wellbeing: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Springer.
  3. Cook, E. A., Liu, N. H., Tarasenko, M., Davidson, C. A., & Spaulding, W. D. (2013). Longitudinal relationships between neurocognition, theory of mind, and community functioning in outpatients with serious mental illness (SMI). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201, 786-794.
  4. Penn, D. L., Uzenoff, S. R., Perkins, D., Mueser, K. T., Hamer, R., Waldheter, E., Saade, S., & Cook, L. (2012). Corrigendum to “a pilot investigation of the graduated recovery intervention program (GRIP) for first episode psychosis.” Schizophrenia Research, 141, 106-107.
  5. Penn, D. L., Uzenoff, S. R., Perkins, D., Mueser, K. T., Hamer, R., Waldheter, E., Saade, S., & Cook, L. (2011). A pilot investigation of the Graduated Recovery Intervention Program (GRIP) for first episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 125, 247-256.
  6.  Cook, E. A., Davidson, C. A., Nolting, J. R., & Spaulding, W. D. (2011). Observed ward behavior strongly associated with independent living skills. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 111-120.
  7. Waldheter, E. J., Penn, D. L., Perkins, D. O., Mueser, K. T., Owens, L. W., Cook, E. A. (2008). The Graduated Recovery Intervention Program for first episode psychosis: Treatment development and preliminary data. Community Mental Health Journal, 44, 443-455.