My name is Dwayne Allen Thomas. I’m an attorney and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. I write about the social and psychological roots of success, and other stuff. My essay A White Man Called Me N****** was selected as a semi-finalist in Boulevard’s Emerging Writer’s Contest. My articles Choosing Death Over Life, How to Beat Any Test, and You vs Your Mentor were selected as “Essential Topics” by Psychology Today. My essay On Being an Ally was deemed an “Essential Read” by Psychology Today. My work has also appeared in The New York Law Journal and Law Practice Today.
I became interested in social diversity and social mobility after 90% of the black students at my law school passed the July 2013 bar exam, though the group averaged a 50% pass rate. This one-time change resulted from student reaction to a change in the methodology of the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings, which shuffled the rankings, panicked students and led to a three percent rise in the New York bar exam pass rate. Realizing psychology was a factor preventing capable students from passing, I started a tutoring program and pursued my master’s. There, I learned these failures stem from a variety of factors, and that existing tools other than shock can help these students achieve their goals.
I have academic interests in psychology, positive psychology, social psychology, sociology, culture, race, anthropology, neuroscience, law, and history.
I can be reached by email at Dwayne at equal results dot com.
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