Barbara Thompson, OTD, LCSW, OTR/L

[Barbara Thompson]Professor

Contact info
Phone: (518) 244-3112
Office: Rickets 313

Degree Information

O.T.D., Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, August 2008

M.S.W., Department of Social Welfare, State University of New York Albany, May 1996

B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Department of Health Sciences, University of Florida, June 1975


LCSW, Licensed Clincial Social Worker in New York
OTR/L, Licensed Occupational Therapist in New York
CAGS, Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in the Expressive Arts, European Graduate School, 2003

Clinical Practice

Maintain private psychotherapy practice in Troy, NY.

Current Courses

OTH 503 Models and Theories in Occupational Therapy Practice
OTH 515 Occupational Performance in Adulthood
OTH 515L Occupational Performance in Adulthood Lab
OTH 609 Psychosocial Assessment and Intervention
OTH 609L Psychosocial Assessment and Intervention Lab

[Thompson Book]
Publications in Production

Thompson, B.E., & Neimeyer, R.A. (Eds.). Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning.  New York, NY: Routledge, scheduled for release early 2014. 

Recent Publications (2006 - present)

Thompson, B.  (2012).  Mindfulness Training. In, R.A. Neimeyer (Ed.) Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative strategies for counseling the bereaved.  New York, NY:  Routledge. 

Thompson, B.  (2012).  Commemorative Flags.  In, R.A. Neimeyer (Ed.) Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative strategies for counseling the bereaved.  New York, NY:  Routledge.

Thompson, B., & Berger, J. (2011).  Expressive arts therapy and grief.  In, R.A. Neimeyer, H.D. Winokeur, D. Harris, & G. Thornton, (Eds.), Grief and bereavement in contemporary society: Bridging research and practice.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Thompson, B. (2009). Mindfulness based stress reduction for people with chronic conditions. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(9), 405-410.

Thompson, B., Murphy, M., & Toms, ME. (2009).  Hospice care.  In H. Mitsumoto (Ed.), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Comprehensive guide to management, (3rd ed).  NY: Demos Medical Publications.

Romanoff, B., & Thompson, B. (2007).  Narrative approaches in end-of-life care.  American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Bulletin, 7, (4), 2-3.

Thompson, B. & MacNeil, C. (2006). A phenomenological study exploring the meaning of a graduate seminar on spirituality for occupational therapy students. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60, 531-539.

Romanoff, B.D., & Thompson, B.E. (2006).  Meaning construction in palliative care: The use of narrative, ritual, and the expressive arts.  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 23, 309-316.

Presentations (2004 - present)

War, loss, and memory:  Community building through use of ritual and the arts 9th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society and ADEC 33rd Annual Conference.  Panel Presentation with Ed Tick, PhD from Soldier’s Heart, Bronna Romanoff, PhD and Leigh Davies MA from The Sage Colleges.  Miami, Fl. June 24, 2011.

Teaching that Matters: Death Education and Interdisciplinarity.  Panel presentation with Illene Noppe, PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Darcy Harris, PhD from Kings College London, Ontario, and Jane Moore, EdD from National Louis University. Association for Death Education and Counseling 23rd Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, April 8, 2010. 

Mindfulness-based Approaches for People Living with Chronic Conditions. Invited workshop presenter with Diane Bossung, MS, PT.  Physical and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Program.  The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY.  February 25, 2010.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for People with Chronic Conditions. Invited speaker at the Student Occupational Therapy Links Scotland Conference. Sponsored by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland on November 21,2009.  Live, interactive telecast.

Advanced directives:  Ethical issues in practice.  American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Continuing Education Program. The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY. March 8, 2006.


2012  Contributed to a Kalliopeia Foundation grant proposal entitled Soldier’s Heart Community Education and Training that was awarded to Soldier's Heart for  building developing community-based support for veterans and their families.

2011 Grant awarded by the Sage Summer Research Program for $5000 for proposal entitled "Exploring the grief of military mothers", with co-investigator Dr. Bronna Romanoff.

2008 Co-authored a grant awarded by the Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows program for $11,900 to fund a project entitled: Community Re-integration for Rensselaer County Veterans:  A Demonstration Project.

Journal Reviewer

Death Studies
British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Creative Work

Commemorative Flag Project

Thompson, B. (2009). Remembering (painting).  In, Neimeyer, R.A. The art of longing: Selected Poems.  Charleston, SC: Booksurge.

Thompson, B. (2009). In Situ (painting).  In, Neimeyer, R.A. The art of longing: Selected Poems.  Charleston, SC: Booksurge.


Chair, Interprofessional Curriculum Planning Committee. Autumn 2011-present.

Member, Interprofessional Community Wellness Clinic Committee. Autumn 2011-   present.

Research Catalyst, The Sage Colleges Research Institute.  Autumn 2011 - present.

Member, Troy Council.  Spring 2007 - Spring 2009 and Fall 2010 – present. 

Member, Spirituality Committee at The Sage Colleges, 1999 –present.

Coordinator, Veterans Commemorative Flag Dedication Ceremony.  2010 -   present.

Member,  Faculty Affairs Committee, 2002-2010.  Secretary, Fall 2008 -   2010.

Co-chair and secretary for the Veterans Week 2010. April 2009 - November 2010.

Member, Yellow Ribbon Task Force at The Sage Colleges. Autumn 2009.


Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Award, Honorable Mention for the Sage Capital Region Veterans Partnership for Health.