Thomas Chao

Thomas Chao

Thomas Chao received his PhD in  Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in 2021. He received his MA in General Psychology, with a concentration in Mental Health Substance Abuse Counseling, from the New School for Social Research, and his BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to the New School, he was a study coordinator at the Burnaby Center for Mental Health and Addictions and a student researcher at UBC Institute of Mental Health. His interests are in understanding how subjective states, impulsivity and decision-making perpetuate addictive patterns of behavior. At TRACC, with Dr. Gillinder Bedi at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, examining processes associated with decision-making in active marijuana users and cocaine users. His research identified key conditions under which induced mental states lead to suboptimal decision-making. In addition to TRACC, he worked at the New School’s Psychopathology Lab  gathering evidence to establish the link between boredom and substance abuse. Thomas aspires to become a clinical researcher, with an emphasis on bringing neuropsychological findings into addiction treatment.