Sanethia Thomas, Ph.D.

Sanethia Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Instructional Professor


Sanethia Thomas graduated with her doctoral degree from the University of Florida in Computer & Information Science & Engineering. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Texas El Paso and a Masters in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University, where she graduated in the top ten percent and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She was also inducted in the first African American Honor Society Beta Eta Sigma and Golden Key International Honor Society for the top fifteen percent of graduate students. Her experiences have spanned across private and public sectors, from America Online (AOL) to Government and to K-12.

Sanethia Thomas represented the United States of America by playing basketball in Amsterdam, Belgium, and Paris. Her basketball experiences have fueled her research in developing technologies that will assist athletes in transitional skills and mental health. Her research is interdisciplinary as it includes the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Athlete Development, Artificial Intelligence and Affective Computing. She is pioneering research in Athlete Development Technology (ADT) where she is exploring the use of technologies to assist athletes with development and overall wellness. She believes that leveraging technology can revolutionize how one can effectively facilitate and advance the overall development of student athletes. Thomas has made notable contributions by publishing in the Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation and several conference venues.

Outside of graduate school Thomas has helped over 500 students and student-athletes prepare for college by helping them increase their SAT/ACT scores through her non-profit organization Score High Coach.

Primary Research Area

Human-Centered Computing

Research Areas

Educational Technologies, Human-Centered Computing


Ph.D., Human-Centered Computing: User Experience, University of Florida 2019
MS, Youth Development Leadership, Clemson University 2012
BS, Business Administration, The University of Texas at El Paso 2002

Research Interests

Human Centered Computing, Sports Management


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