Dr. Celine Thompson is an assistant professor in the Clinical PsyD program. Dr. Thompson
obtained her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from University
of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where she also completed her master’s
degree in Psychological Services (currently known as Counseling and Mental Health
Services). Her dissertation research focused on understanding “racially-gendered”
identity development processes in Black adolescent females.
Dr. Thompson has research experience working with minority youth around social-emotional
skills development. These intervention studies focused on helping African American
children and adolescents develop coping skills and strategies for dealing with racism
in the academic setting and how to manage racial and academic stress through culturally-relevant
group therapy and athletic movement in playing basketball. Additionally, she has clinical
research experience working on smoking cessation projects at the Treatment Research
Center in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry
as a research technician and project manager. Her professional research interests
include intersectionality, classroom social justice, and program evaluation. In her
spare time, Dr. Thompson works on developing a database archive for maintaining historical
information and artifacts for Campbell A.M.E. Church, a 200+ member congregation located
in the historic East Frankford community.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
Thompson, C. (April 2014). “What About Us?” Supporting the Need for Racially-Gendered Socialization for African
American Girls. Paper presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research
Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Thompson, C. (2012). On researching the agency of youth: Moving beyond traditional
theorizing. In. D. T. Slaughter-Defoe (Ed.), Racial Stereotyping and Child Development, Contributions in human development series, vol. 25, 105 –108 DOI: 10.1159/000336286.
Thompson, C. (February 2012). The Superwoman Black Female Ideal Scale. Poster presentation at the 2012 Developmental Methodology Themed Meeting of the Society
for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.
Thompson, C. I. & Thomas, D. E. (2009). Being Black First, A Student Second: How Black Students Perceive Differential Treatment
by Their Teachers. Poster presentation at the 2009 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child
Development, Denver, CO.
Thomas, D.E., Bierman, K.L., & Thompson, C., & C. J. Powers (2008). Double Jeopardy:
Child and school characteristics that undermine student behavioral readiness and predict
disruptive behavior in the first grade. School Psychology Review, 37(4), 516-532.