Thomas Foster

Chair; Associate Professor

Dr Thomas Foster
Office Location
206 B Mercy Hall
Mailing Address

Loyola University New Orleans
Department of Counseling
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 66
New Orleans, LA 70118

Direct Phone
(504) 864-7867
Fax Number
(504) 864-7844
E-mail Address


Ph.D., Kent State University, 2008

Short Bio

This year will be my seventh year as a professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Please allow me to describe some of my past, current, and future activities to help you determine if this program might be a good fit for your future career goals.

During my time at Loyola University, I have developed and taught a number of courses, but the courses I really enjoy teaching are Research and Statistics, APA Writing Lab, Diagnosis, and Thanatology. I have high standards for the Research and Statistics course and APA Writing Lab; my purpose is to train you as to prepare you for future doctoral studies if you choose to pursue a Ph.D. This year I am reconstructing the Assessment course and Diagnosis course so they build upon one another, while constructing an elective named Psychopathology that can be taken concurrently with Diagnosis. These courses will provide you a strong foundation in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders of the DSM-5. 

I have many research interests, and have published both empirical and conceptual articles related to the topics of wellness, aging, and other lifespan development issues. I have presented on these topics over 20 times at the national, regional, and state level. I have two completed data sets I am currently writing multiple manuscripts for publication, and have just created an elective named Research Practicum that students may take if they are interested in conducting an empirical study or writing a conceptual manuscript for publication. If you have aspirations to pursue a doctorate, this course will help prepare you to conduct research and give you a competitive edge when interviewing for doctoral programs. Right now, two students are engaged in the Research Practicum and are collecting data for an empirical study that will be written up for several publications. These two students will participate in every step of the research process, and eventually publish articles in notable counseling journals. So far, I have assisted in the publication of three student-led conceptual articles and one student-led empirical study.

I am the owner of a private practice in New Orleans called The Practice, LLC that has grown and flourished over the last two years. I have two clinical supervisees who graduated from Loyola’s counseling program working within my private practice. We are all trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and practice this form of psychotherapy within our clinical practice. My hope in the next year is to begin some outcome-based research that tests the clinical efficacy of EMDR when applied to specific psychological disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In addition, I plan to create an EMDR Therapy course as an elective for Loyola’s counseling program for summer 2016.   

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