Professor, Occupational Therapy

Barbara Thompson

314 Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall, Troy Campus
[email protected]


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 Clinical 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

2019 Book Release

Gershman, N., & Thompson, B.E. (2019). Prescriptive memories in grief and loss: The art of dreamscaping. New York: Routledge

2014 Book Release

Grief and the Expressive Arts Barbara Thompson
Thompson, B.E., & Neimeyer, R.A. (Eds.). (2014). Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning.  New York: Routledge.

Recent Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters (2006 – present)

Near, R., & Thompson, B.E. (in press).  The superpower of the expressive arts.  In, J.Harrington (Ed.).  Superhero grief:  The transformative power of loss.  New York:  Routledge.

Thompson, B.E. (2014). Conversing with the canvas. In B.E. Thompson, & R.A.Neimeyer, (Eds.), Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning. New York: Routledge.

Thompson, B.E. (2014). Sketching out the story. In B.E. Thompson, & R.A. Neimeyer, (Eds.),Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning. New York: Routledge.

Thompson, B.E., & Neimeyer, R.A. (2014). Persephone in the underworld: Closing reflections. In B.E. Thompson, & R.A. Neimeyer, (Eds.), Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning. New York: Routledge.

Neimeyer, R.A., & Thompson, B.E. (2014). Meaning making and the art of grief therapy. In B.E. Thompson, & R.A. Neimeyer, (Eds.), Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning. New York: Routledge.

Thompson, B.  (2012). Mindfulness Training. In, R.A. Neimeyer (Ed.) Techniquesof 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: 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).  New York: 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)

The Creative Imagination and Expressive Arts in Coping with Grief and Loss.  Keynote Presentation, International Conference on Death, Dying and Bereavement, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, June 3, 2019.

Trauma & the Creative Arts: A Sacred Journey. The Assisi Institute, 90 – minutes Teleconference. October 27, 2015

Grief and Expressive Arts: A One-dayExperiential Workshop. Association for Death Education and Counseling, 37th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 8, 2015 

Creativity and Grief, 90-minute Webinar sponsored by the Assisi Institute, Mystic, CT, August 21, 2014

Grieving creatively: A panel for therapists. Association for Death Education and Counseling 36th Annual Conference. Panel Presentation with Robert Neimeyer, PhD from the University of Memphis, Joy Berger, DMA from the Kentucky Hospice Education Network Inc., Virginia Murphy, MA from Playback Memphis. Baltimore, MD, April 25, 2014.

Toward achieving inter-professional collaborative practice: Using integrated case study and reflection. Patricia Cannistraci, DNS, Excelsior College, Barbara E.Thompson, The Sage Colleges, Meghan Abbott, SPT, The Sage Colleges. Eastern Nursing Research Society 26th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 9, 2014.

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 32nd 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

Book Reviewer

F.A. Davis

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.


Thrive Committee member, 2019 – present

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

Member, Interprofessional Community Wellness Clinic Committee. Autumn 2011 – 2012.

Research Catalyst, The Sage Colleges Research Institute.  Autumn 2011 – 2013.

Member, Troy Council.  Spring 2007 – Spring 2009 and Fall 2010 – Spring 2013.

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.