About Barbara 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

Distinctions & Awards

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

Selected Publications

Gershman, N. & Thompson, B.E. (2019).  Prescriptive memories in grief and loss:  Practices for creating meaning.  New York:  Routledge.


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


Near, R., & Thompson, B.E. (2020).  The superpower of the expressive arts.  In, J. Harrington (Ed.).  Superhero grief:  The transformative power of loss (pp. 221-225). New York:  Routledge.


Thompson, B.E. & Neiemeyer, R.A. (2014). 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 (pp. 139-145). 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 (pp. 159-163). New York: Routledge.

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