Dr. Lori Montross Thomas, PHD

Dr. Lori Montross Thomas, PHD

Counseling  ·  
Dr. Lori Montross Thomas, PHD is a counselor in La Jolla, CA. She specializes in counseling and psychology.Read her story

3855 Health Sciences Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

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(858) 657-7000

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  • Aetna
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This content was provided by Dr. Montross Thomas "Dr. Lori Montross Thomas is a licensed counseling psychologist. As part of Patient & Family Support Services at Moores Cancer Center, she provides psychological assessment, diagnosis or ongoing therapy for patients and families who are experiencing issues that are either related to the cancer experience or interfering with cancer treatment. In individual or group psychotherapy, she focuses on issues including depression, anxiety, communication, stress reduction, insomnia, grief or other psychological or emotional issues. Dr. Montross Thomas is one of 75 Americans currently trained in Dignity Therapy, designed to bring meaning and a sense of legacy to those in palliative care through life reflection interviews. She helps facilitate the International Training Workshop for Dignity Therapy each year, and has been invited to speak to over 50 different groups about her experience with this novel intervention. She is also trained in Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, designed to bolster the sense of meaning, purpose and peace among people diagnosed with cancer. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Montross Thomas has been engaged in research focused on dignity, hospice care, multiculturalism, positive psychology, resilience, successful aging and wisdom. She has received funding for her research from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the MAPI Research Trust and the Westreich Foundation. She has authored or co-authored more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts, and has served as a reviewer for over 10 journals and international grant councils. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2013, Dr. Montross Thomas was the Director of Psychology and Integrative Medicine at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. She has more than a decade of experience as an educator, with both teaching and managerial experience in academic, counseling and medical settings. Dr. Montross Thomas was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellow within the Psychiatry Department of UC San Diego, where she specialized in geriatric psychiatry. She completed her clinical APA-approved internship at the Cincinnati Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and received her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky. When not working on her passion to improve the quality of life for people with cancer, Dr. Montross Thomas enjoys spending free time with her husband, her Boston terrier and her friends. She enjoys running, listening to B.B. King and, whenever possible, eating pizza."
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2  Specialties

  • Counseling
  • Psychology

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  • English

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