David J. Thomas, Ph.D., LMHC

David J. Thomas, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Professional Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he teaches in the Justice Studies Program. He holds Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. His research interests include: police, police/forensic psychology, serial homicide, victimology, violence, and terrorism.

Dr. Thomas served as a police officer in Michigan and in Florida, retiring from the Gainesville Police Department after 20 years of service. During his tenure as an officer, he held assignments in patrol, DUI enforcement, detectives, narcotics, training, the Community Oriented Police Team, hostage negotiation, and served as a field training officer. Training is his specialty – he has been certified to train police recruits and in-service officers for the last 29 years. He is a certified expert in the Florida courts in the use of force. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Thomas is the CEO of Police Counseling Services, LLC, where he provides consulting and counseling services to several law enforcement agencies in Florida.

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