Theresa Currier Thomas, PhD
Dr. Currier Thomas joined the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital at its inception in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. She was born in Kentucky and received her BS in Agricultural Biotechnology in 1999 from the University of Kentucky. She earned her PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2008, and continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Currier Thomas’s primary research interests focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI). She studies structural, functional and molecular processes, with synaptogenesis as a keystone, which guide circuit reorganization over time and contribute to chronic deficits/symptoms after TBI. She tests pharmacological and rehabilitative strategies to mitigate these chronic deficits. She is also actively investigating the contribution of endocrine (hormone) deficiencies after TBI to understand causes and propose treatments for post-traumatic neurological deficits. These studies are in collaboration with researchers from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Phoenix VA Healthcare System and Arizona State University.