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Dr. Gabriel Lomas

Dr. Gabriel I. Lomas is a professor of counseling at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT where he teaches in both the school and clinical counselor training programs. He holds an undergraduate degree in History and Special Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a graduate teaching certificate in deaf education from Lamar University, an M.A. in counseling from Gallaudet University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and School Psychology from Sam Houston State University.

Lomas came to WestConn with a strong background in helping communities respond to crisis. He was a member of a school-based crisis response team and clinical crisis response team in Texas, and he helped to create a Regional Crisis Team in the Western part of Connecticut to assist area schools in crisis response preparation. When a disaster happens, the team pools the resources of the university and school districts to provide support immediately after an event such as a shooting, death, natural disaster or other crisis.

In September of 2017 Dr. Lomas was awarded a $1.6 million Federal Grant to expand and improve programs focused on training students to respond to mental health crises. The program will last 4 years and will expand the behavioral health workforce and will train new mental health providers, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and paraprofessionals.

Dr. Gabriel I. Lomas, Lomas has been published widely in books and journals in the combined fields of counseling and deaf people. His research interests include crisis counseling, play therapy, forensics, child welfare, psychological testing, and many topics related to psychology and with deaf and hard of hearing people. He has served at the local, state, and national levels for a number of professional associations in his field. He was formerly the co-editor of the Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Child Abuse and Neglect, Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, Play Therapy Magazine, and Counselor Preparation and Supervision. Lomas has lectured nationally and internationally, primarily on topics related to mental health and deaf people. He is a professional member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, the Association for Play Therapy, and other professional organizations. He maintains a small clinical practice and continues to serve as a forensic consultant to attorneys, courts, and state governments. He and his wife have two children who enjoy outdoor activities, playing and watching basketball, and spending time with extended family.