Thomas Weiss

Thomas Weiss

  • Ph.D. Student


Following graduation from the University of Notre Dame, Thomas Weiss created and supervised multiple arts-based, restorative justice youth interventions at a nonprofit on the south side of Chicago. He later transitioned to the lab coordinator role on the Violence Prevention Project within DePaul University’s Center for Community Research. In this role, Weiss provided research support on a cognitive-behavioral suicide and violence prevention intervention for 9th graders in Chicago Public Schools.

As a UVA graduate student working with Jason Downer, Weiss researches ways to promote and leverage positive peer relationships to foster social-emotional skills in early childhood, particularly in communities adversely impacted by systemic racism.


B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2020


  • Prevention and promotion
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Peer conflict
  • Social harmony and aggression
  • Social network analysis