About Barbara E. Thompson

Professor Barbara Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Occupational Therapist in New York. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Troy, NY.

Recent Courses Taught

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

Research Interests

end-of-life and palliative care
art-assisted grief therapy
mindfulness based approaches with chronic ilness
trauma-informed care
health promotion and wellness

Distinctions & Awards

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

Selected Publications

Hooghe, A., Claeys, A., Thompson, B., & Neimeyer, R.A. (2021). Grieving the loss of a child in times of COVID-19. Journal of Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. American Psychological Association.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Educational Background

Creighton University
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
University at Albany
Master of Social Work
European Graduate School
Certificate in Advanced Studies, Expressive Arts
University of Florida
B.S., Occupational Therapy