Robin Thomas

Faculty Associate
DTPHX Campus


For more than 20 years, Byler Thomas has taught health at various adult learning levels and through multiple formats. She has instructed many university classes and participated in several integrative health research studies. Byler Thomas has also been a massage therapist in clinical practise for 25 years and has served on the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) Practitioner and Student Case Report Contests, MTF Conference Science Review Committee, and is a peer reviewer for two Manual Science Journals. She conducted dissertation research examining the effect of partner-delivered chair massage on perinatal mood, anxiety, and pain.


  • Dr.P.H. Maternal and Child Health, The University of Arizona
  • M.P.H. Health Behavior and Health Promotion, The University of Arizona
  • B.S.H.S. Health Sciences (Exercise and Sport Sciences), The University of Arizona 
  • Certificate in College Teaching
  • Diploma in Massage Therapy (licensed through the state of Arizona)

Research Interests

  • Integrative health
  • Massage therapy
  • Stress and pain management
  • Social determinants of health
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety
  • Family health
  • Health promotion
  • Health advocacy


Thomas, R. B. (2019). A pilot study of partner chair massage effects on perinatal mood, anxiety, and pain. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, 2(2), 3–11.


Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
HEP 452 Hlth Advcy in HED
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
HEP 444 Epidemiology
HEP 452 Hlth Advcy in HED
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
EXW 452 Hlth Advcy in HED