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John Thompson, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Dr. Thompson's interests, scholarsh, p and teaching are interdisciplinary, bringing together wisdom from Christian theology, philosophy and the social sciences.

His courses focus on understanding human behavior and address social issues such as mental illness, the opioid crisis, environmental degradation, and mass homicide.

Dr. Thompson's publications include work on the intersection of theology and psychiatry; pragmatism and social work; and he is finishing a textbook on human behavior theory.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Kansas Social Welfare
  • MA, Colorado State University Philosophy
  • MA, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Tex. Philosophical Theology
  • MSW, University of Utah Social Work

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Social justice and mental health
  • Intersection of theology, philosophy, and social work

Recent Publications

Salyers, M., Thompson, J., et al (2012) Measuring Shared Decision Making in psychiatric Care. Psychiatric Services.

Fukui, S., Thompson, J., et al (2012) Predictors of Shared Decision Making and Levels of Agreement between Consumers and Providers in Psychiatric Care. Acta Psychiatrica Scandanavica.

Thompson, J. (2011) Connecting Theory to Practice: Karl Barth, Capability Theory and Psychiatric Social Work. Pastoral Psychology.

Derezotes, D., Thompson, J., et al (2008) Spiritual Maturity: An exploratory study and model for social work practice. Currents: New Scholarship in the Human Services. 7:1


John Thompson

Master of Social Work
North Davenport Education Center, 1950 E. 54th St.
Mail: 518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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