Nate Thomas, M.S.

Graduate Student, Developmental Psychology

B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014

M.S. in Addiction Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Kings College London, and University of Adelaide, 2016

M.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020


Research Interests

Keywords: Behavior genetics, Cannabis, Longitudinal models

My research interests lie at the intersection of behavior genetics, substance use, and developmental psychology. I am primarily interested in genetic and environmental influences on substance use throughout development and the statistical methods used to study these associations. Currently, my work focuses on developmental considerations in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and approaches to gene-identification with longitudinal phenotypes. I hope to eventually work as a data analyst in the field of public health, applying quantitative methods to the study of population-level patterns of substance use.


Selected Publications

Chartier, K. G., Thomas, N.S., & Kendler, K. S. (2016) Interrelationship between Family History and Generational Status in the Prediction of Alcohol Dependence in U.S. Hispanics. Psychological Medicine, 1-11.

Salvatore, J. E., Thomas, N. S., Cho, S. B., Adkins, A., Kendler, K. S., & Dick, D. M. (2016) The role of romantic relationship status in pathways of risk for emerging adult alcohol use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30(3), 335-344.

Thomas, N. S., Adkins, A. E., Aliev, F., Edwards, A. C., Webb, B. T., Kendler, K. S., Dick, D. M., Chartier, K. G. (2018) Alcohol Metabolizing Polygenic Risk for Alcohol Consumption in European American College Students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(4), 627-634.