Who We Are

Kandace Thomas

Senior Program Officer

First Year with IHF


Focus Areas

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Child Trauma, Domestic Violence, Reproductive Health and Justice, Diversity-Informed Practice


Ph.D. candidate in Child Development, Erikson Institute/Loyola University Chicago
M.P.P., University of Chicago
B.A. in Sociology and African American Studies, Wesleyan University

Kandace Thomas is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s efforts to build developmentally-appropriate trauma-informed equitable systems of care for young children and their families. She manages grants and projects in infant and early childhood mental health and child trauma, domestic violence, and reproductive health and justice as well as a network of national and international grantees working in infant and early childhood mental health training and leadership development in the United States and Israel. A leader in the creation of the Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets, she integrates diversity-informed practice into social service fields and facilitates workshops and trainings to infuse diversity and inclusion practices into organizations and systems. Kandace is also a Ph.D. candidate in Child Development at Erikson Institute/Loyola University of Chicago, where she researches using mindfulness as a practice to buffer intergenerational trauma transmission within families.