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John Thompson, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Dr. Thompson's interests, scholarship 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 co-authored a recently-published textbook that links theory and practice for future social workers. Read about it here

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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

Koenig, T., Spano, R., Thompson, J. (2019) Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publishing.

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 Scandinavica.

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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