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Sandra Paul Thomas, American nurse, educator. Recipient Jessie Harris award, University Tennessee, 1983, Chancellor's Citation award for Research and Creative Achievement, 1992, Writing award, American Journal Nursing, 1989, Book of Year award, 2004, Research award, International Society Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse, 2004; fellow, National Institute Education, 1981-1982.


Thomas, Sandra Paul was born on March 9, 1940 in Moline, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Raymond Spencer and Oceana Lee (Agee) Paul.


Bachelor of Education, U. Tennessee, 1974, Master of Education, 1977, Doctor of Philosophy in Education, 1983, Master of Science in Nursing, 1984. Staff nurse East Tennessee Baptist Hospital, Knoxville, 1964-1974. Instructor psychiatric mental health nursing East Tennessee Baptist School Nursing, Knoxville, 1975-1980.

Project director Kellogg grant U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1983-1987, assistant professor, 1983-1989, associate professor, 1989-1992, professor, 1992^, director Center for Nursing Research, 1986-1993. Director Doctor of Philosophy Program, 1993^. Association editor Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 1990.

Author: Women and Anger, 1993. Contributor articles to professional journals and research presentations to nat. and international confs.


Staff nurse East Tennessee Baptist Hospital, Knoxville, 1964—1974. Instructor psychiatric mental health nursing East Tennessee Baptist School Nursing, 1975—1980. Project director Kellogg Grant University Tennessee, 1983—1987, assistant professor, 1983—1989, associate professor, 1989—1992, professor, since 1992.

Director Center Nursing Research, 1986—1993, Doctor of Philosophy Program, since 1993. Member governing board East Tennessee Health Improvement Council, Knoxville, 1976—1982. Board directors Greater Knoxville Epilepsy Foundation, 1980—1983, International Council Women's Health Issues, 1986—1992, since 2006.


Fellow: Society Behavioral Medicine, American Academy Nursing. Member: American Psychological Association, American Nurses Association, International Academy Nursing, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Southern Nursing Research Society (charter member), Tennessee Nurses Association (district president 1978-1980, vice chairman nurse educators special interest group 1984-1985, chairman nurse educators council 1985-1986, chairman research committee 1985-1991, board directors 1986-1988, Nursing Scholarship award 1987, Hall of Fame 1989, Nurse of Year award 1980), Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau (faculty advisory Gamma Chi chapter 1987-1989, president-elect 1991-1992, president 1992-1993, Research award 1993, 2006).


  • Other Interests

    Travel, writing, music. Contributor articles to professional journals Democrat. Presbyterian.


Married Eddie King Thomas, December 17, 1960 (divorced June 24, 1977). Children: Kenneth, Tommy, Shana. Married Nurhan Elias Takvoryan Thomas, March 20, 1988.