He earned an M.A. in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Population Health from the University of Oxford. Thomas's primary research focus is to inform the development of evidence-based policies aimed at improving population health and mitigating health disparities. He holds a particular interest in leveraging insights from behavioral economics and related fields to design innovative behavioral interventions that promote healthier choices and strengthen healthcare systems. His work encompasses the design and evaluation of such interventions, along with empirical investigations into health-related behaviors using diverse methods such as randomized controlled experiments, micro-econometric analysis of observational data, and evidence synthesis. Notably, a significant portion of his research projects is conducted in resource-limited settings, with a particular focus on West Africa. His recent work focuses on leading empirical investigations to guide policy development aimed at advancing universal health coverage and improving access to care among underserved populations in Francophone West Africa. Prior to joining CUNY SPH, Thomas held the position of Specially Appointed Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Health Policy and Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. As a Principal Investigator, he received funding from institutions such as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. He also currently contributes as a Co-Investigator on various externally funded projects, supported by organizations including the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare of Japan, the French Development Agency, and the Gates Foundation. His work has been published in journals such as The BMJ, Nature Medicine, The Lancet Global Health, Health Policy and Planning, and Social Science and Medicine.
PhD in Population Health from University of Oxford
MA in Economics (‘Analysis and Policy in Economics’) from Paris School of Economics
Global health, behavioral insights, health promotion, chronic disease prevention and management, access to care, universal health coverage, financial protection in health, health equity