Virginia (Gina) Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wilmington College. Gina researches socio-emotional development throughout the lifespan with a particular focus on identity and personality. Her current research investigates the role of solitude in identity development and emotional well-being. How do social media and digital devices affect the capacity to be alone? How do introversion and extraversion affect solitude experiences? What are the skills necessary to utilize solitude constructively? In a second line of research, Gina explores the identity work that occurs during developmental transitions, especially the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Her work has examined young adults’ social class identity and religious identity. Other areas of scholarship and interest include feminist theory, depth psychology, dreaming, and cross-cultural mythology. She specializes in mixed methods research, with an emphasis on conducting in-depth interviews and analyzing the narratives using a variety of qualitative methods. Gina’s love of travel propelled her from her home state of Michigan to explore nearly two dozen countries over the past two decades, most notably Thailand where she lived for a year. Gina now resides in Wilmington with her spouse and two children.
Courses Taught at Wilmington
Thomas, V., & Azmitia, M. (under review). Motivation matters: Development of a short form measure of the motivation for solitude.
Thomas, V. (2017). How to be alone: An investigation of solitude skills. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
Thomas, V. & Azmitia, M. (2016). Tapping into the app: Updating the Experience Sampling Method for the 21st century. Emerging Adulthood, 4 (1), 60-67.
Thomas, V., Azmitia, M., & Whittaker, S. (2016). Unplugged: Exploring the costs and benefits of constant connection. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 540-548.
Azmitia, M. & Thomas, V. (2015). Intersectionality and the development of self and identity. In R. Scott & S. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1-9, Wiley & Sons.
Thomas, V. & Azmitia, M. (2014). Does class matter? Examining the centrality of social class identity for emerging adults. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14 (3), 195-213.
Jenkins, T. & Thomas, V. (2009). From radicalism to mainstream evangelicalism: Exploring the effects of doctrinal upheaval on second-generation members in the Worldwide Church of God. Journal for the Study of Radicalism, 3 (2), 113-140.