Dr. Kendra Thomas

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Kendra Thomas, PhD., joined the faculty at Hope in 2022. She studies youth perceptions of justice and virtue development, particularly in contexts of high inequality. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Thomas moved to the United States to pursue higher education, earning her Ph.D. in educational psychology with a concentration in human development from Ball State University. She previously served as assistant professor of psychology at the University of Indianapolis. She continues her work in Brazil through partners at the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Paraná, and has partnered with a South African non-profit since 2016 to assist in research and development.

Areas of Expertise

Her curiosity on justice beliefs has led her to publish on a variety of topics such as parenting practices, school climate, relationships with authorities and positive youth development. Her work has led her to understand justice as a form of capital that is not distributed equally. She is presently working on a project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation to improve peer relationships, character development and social responsibility in Brazilian schools. Dr. Thomas is a frequent speaker at virtual teacher-training events in Brazil on socio-emotional and moral development. She is committed to using academia for humanitarian efforts and to expand the understanding of positive human development in majority world contexts.


  • Ph.D., educational psychology, Ball State University, 2015
  • M.A., educational psychology, Ball State University, 2013
  • B.A., psychology, Taylor University, 2012

Selected Publications

Outside the College

Dr. Thomas has two young kids, and her hobbies include playing hide-and-go-seek, picking socks up off the floor and reading picture books.

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Dr. Kendra Thomas

Phone Number616.395.7716

A. Paul Schaap Science Center Room 1163 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423
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