Shatavia Thomas, DMFT

Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Marriage and Family Sciences

sthomas@ncu.eduShay Thomas

Areas of Expertise 

  • Premarital
  • Blended families
  • Marital discord and communication
  • Separation / divorce 
  • Childhood behavior problems
  • Adolescents / youth
  • Work-life balance
  • Self-care for caregivers
  • Spirituality 
  • Grief
  • Family businesses 
  • Sports and entertainment families
  • Narrative and solution-focused therapies 


  • D.M.F.T., Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S., Georgia State University 
  • B.S., Georgia State University 

Dissertation Title

Professional sports systems consulting: an appreciative inquiry with athletes and their families.

Publications (2008 & 2007 published under Shay Alexander)

  • “Parents’ choices and children’s voices: systemic perspectives on custody disputes between never-married parents,” Family Therapy Magazine, (2012) 
  • “Return to sender: letter writing to bring hope to both therapist and client,” Journal of Systemic Therapies (2008).
  • “Hip-Hop Hermeneutics,” Journal of Urban Youth Culture (2007)

Selected Professional Experience:


  • Executive Director, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Supervisor, Mercer University School of Medicine, Marriage and Family Therapy Program
  • Assistant Academic Dean/Assistant Professor, Richmont Graduate University
  • Staff Counselor, Nova Southeastern University Student Counseling
  • Family Therapist, Cobb County Juvenile Court

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