Catherine Thomas

Catherine Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology at Stanford University, a Research Fellow at the Center on Poverty and Inequality, and an affiliate of the Stanford Basic Income Lab. Her research examines the application of social and cultural psychological insights to increase the effectiveness and public support of cash-based welfare, including Universal Basic Income. In particular she tests the impacts of cash transfer framings and brief psychological interventions on recipient stigma and agency in the US and sub-Saharan Africa. 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.