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Sandra Thomas Ph.D. RN. FAAN.

Sandra Thomas Ph.D. RN. FAAN.

Professor and Coordinator for Doctoral Program


Sandra Thomas is a Professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she serves as director of the PhD program. She has over 100 publications and an acclaimed book, Listening to Patients, with Howard Pollio. She is a founding member of the Transdisciplinary Phenomenology Research Group. Together with Howard Pollio, Sandra has mentored many faculty members and students as they learned to use phenomenological methodology. She also teaches qualitative methodology courses. Along with colleagues, she developed an online doctoral program in nursing and continues to teach in the program. She also directs many dissertations as well as serves on doctoral committees across the campus.


Phenomenological studies of women's and men's anger; phenomenological study of the world of the patient; quantitative study of violent and nonviolent boys and girls; African-American student experience at the university

Sandra Thomas Ph.D. RN. FAAN.

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