Applications of her research agenda occur within two primary domains: (1) vocational and educational development and (2) mental health and psychotherapy. She attends to interpersonal and systemic factors (e.g., social class, experiences with oppression, unemployment) that contribute to mental health and career development among individuals from diverse and underrepresented groups.
Dr. Thompson is a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions at UW-Madison, where she is co-PI on the College Internship Study funded by the National Science Foundation. She is the Academic Director of Faculty Programs for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. She teaches a variety of courses at UW-Madison, including: research methods, vocational psychology, career counseling, and mental health consultation.
Dr. Thompson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Counseling Psychology. She is a recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award by the UW-Madison School of Education and the Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award by the Society of Counseling Psychology (a division of the American Psychological Association). She was named the Best in Science Address Honoree for the Society of Counseling Psychology in 2016, for which she gave an invited address at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Denver, CO.