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.
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.
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.
Human Diversity/Individual Differences
History and Systems of Psychology
Research III, IV, and V
Dr. Thompson's professional research interests include intersectionality, classroom social justice, and program evaluation.
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. (March 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.
Society for Research in Child Development (Black Caucus member)
American Psychological Association (Developmental Psychology division member)