Thomas Chao 2018-06-18T18:39:06+00:00

Project Description

Thomas Chao is a first-year Clinical Psychology PhD student at the New School for Social Research. 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 present, his research attempts to identify key conditions under which induced mental states lead to suboptimal decision-making. He is currently working with Dr. Gillinder Bedi at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, examining processes associated with decision-making in active marijuana users and cocaine users. In addition to TRACC, he is gathering evidence to establish the link between boredom and substance abuse at New School’s Psychopathology Lab. Thomas aspires to become a clinical researcher, with an emphasis on bringing neuropsychological findings into addiction treatment.