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Catherine Thomas

Catherine Thomas

Catherine Thomas

Psychology

Catherine is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology, an affiliate of the Stanford Basic Income Lab, and a research fellow at the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. Her research examines the application of social and cultural psychological insights to increase the effectiveness of, and public support for, cash-based welfare, including Universal Basic Income policies. In the United States and sub-Saharan Africa, she tests the impacts of culturally-attuned cash transfer framings and brief psychological interventions on recipients’ economic and psychological outcomes, such as perceived stigma, sense of agency and economic behaviors. At Yale University, she studied sociocultural anthropology and basic sciences and later earned a master’s degree in global mental health from the University of London.