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Avinash Thombre, Assistant Professor, College of Professional Studies

Dr. Avinash Thombre began his global research on transformational experiences while he was completing a doctoral degree in speech communication at the University of New Mexico.

The native of Pune, India, worked initially in New Mexico with HIV and AIDS patients, later including cancer patients in his study to examine the unique coping strategies used by individuals when they have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. Thombre noticed a series of stages that patients go through, but he noticed one in particular that not many individuals were able to progress through.

Updated 5.14.2010