Dr Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jessica Thomas holds an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a therapist, a AAMFT trained clinical supervisor and assistant professor. 

Jessica currently serves as president on the board of The NW Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support. As a professor at Lewis & Clark College, she teaches on death, loss and psycho-spiritual crises, oversees clinical training, Her doctoral research, Mindful Photography and its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology focused on creative expression and the experience of anticipatory loss. Jessica utilizes mindful photography as a spiritual practice and in therapy groups with those experiencing grief and loss.

Areas of Expertise

Death, dying, and grief; psycho-spiritual growth; clinical education and supervision 


Mindful Photography. New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond.  New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming new edition 2021)

Mindful Photography and its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology(2016)




Integrating Spirituality in Psychotherapy, Lewis & Clark, Portland OR (2020)

The Transformative Power of Grief, Oregon Memorial Association, Portland OR (2019)

Mindful Photography and End-of-life Caregiving, University of Bath, Bath England (2019)

Exploring Anticipatory Loss Through Mindful Photography, NW ADEBS, Portland OR (2019)

Navigating Power Dynamics In Clinical Supervision, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR (2019)

Mindful Photography & End-of-life: An Art-based Phenomenology, OHPCA Conference, Bend OR (2018)

Mindful Photography Grief Group, The Dougy Center, Portland OR (2018)

Integrating Spirituality in Therapy, Lewis & Clark College (2018)

Mindful Photography and End-of-life, Lake Oswego Community Center (2017)

Mindful Photography and End-of-Life Caregiving, ADEC Conference, Portland Or (2017)

Grief, loss and Addiction, Cedar Hills Hospital, Portland OR (2017)

Treatment Issues in Death, Loss & Grief: A Systems Perspective, Lewis & Clark College (2017)

The Experience of Loss Associated with Cancer, NW Primary Care, Portland OR (2016)

Death Café, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR (2016)

The Experience of Grief and Loss, NW Primary Care, Portland OR (2016) 

Mindful Photography and End-of-life Care, Friends University, Wichita KS (2016)

Death: Ok, Lets talk about it, Reed College, Portland OR (2015)

Psychology and Other Conference, Lesley College, Cambridge MA (2015)

Death, Dying and Disposal Conference 2020, University of Bath

Academic Credentials

PhD Psychology— emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology  

MS Marriage and Couple Family Therapy