Margaret Thomas
Extension Associate,Sr

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
Implementing various prevention models for families and communities at risk for family violence; training family service professionals on child maltreatment and domestic abuse; developing a series of training materials for military family service professionals  and providing technical support for program evaluation and selected military research projects.  Twenty-five percent of my time is allocated to non-military research projects and other extension activities. Our project has been engaged in teaching evaluation methods and conducting program evaluation on family programs for the United States Army Family and Morale, Recreation and Welfare Command  for the last 10 years. This year we are also focused on developing resources to support family members of deployed Soldiers, i.e,  research based training materials on trauma in the unit, children's responses to trauma, reunion and reintegration training, and the impact of PTSD on family functioning.

Current Research Activities
Continuing to study the efficacy of home visitation for at risk families to reduce incidents of domestic abuse and child maltreatment.
Evaluating the impact of pre deployment and deployment family program services on the well being of Soldiers and Families post deployment.
Studying the implementation and efficacy of integrating the system of family service providers (AIFSN - Army Integrated Family Support Network) across the National Guard, Army Reserve and Active force.

Current Extension Activities
Developing research based training materials for military family service professionals and military commanders.

Developing web based tutorials on research topics related to child abuse and neglect and prevention strategies to reduce child and family maltreatment.


Biographical Statement
I have held appointments both as a Senior Research Associate and a Senior Extension Associate at Cornell University's Family Life Development Center since 1980 working on a variety of research and outreach projects examining the impact of stress, trauma and violence on children, youth and  families.   Since 1991 I have been involved in the application of research based prevention and intervention strategies for the US Army's family program providers.   I am  currently serving as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Center's Department of Defense projects. These projects provide technical assistance, training, development of educational resources and evaluation support to military installations worldwide. Military project staff work with the US Army Family Program staff at headquarters, region and installation to assess and mitigate risk and to promote well-being and resilency in the military community. My current research interests include the impact of deployment  on military families with an emphasis on the effects on children, the effectiveness of home visitation programs with at risk families to prevent child and spouse abuse and the methodology and strategy of evaluating program outcome measures for multi-site programs. I received my PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University in 1973.  Before returning to Cornell, I served as a pediatric psychologist  at the Yale Child Study Center (New Haven) and at the Special Children's Center (Ithaca).

Administrative Responsibilities
I am currently a Principal Investigator on two Department of Defense extension and research projects