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Sara Thompson

Program Chair, Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services (MSHSV)

Contact info:
Phone: 203.596.8354
Email: sthompson@post.edu
Office: Remote


Academic Background

PsyD in Clinical Psychology, California Southern University, 2015, Summa Cum Laude.

Dissertation: Childhood Aggressive Behaviors Associated with Mental Disorders and the Link to Intimate Partner Violence

M.S. Human Services (Clinical Counseling and Alcohol-drug Abuse Counseling concentrations), with distinction, Post University, 2012

B. S. Zoology, Dean’s list, University of Rhode Island, 1994

Teaching Background

Dr. Sara Thompson began at Post University in 2013 as an Associate Faculty instructor and in April 2015 Dr. Thompson joined Post University as full-time faculty, first in undergraduate Human Services and then in the Master of Science in Human Services Program.

Professional Background

Dr. Sara Thompson has worked as an outpatient therapist in multiple  community mental health agencies. She provided outpatient therapy to adults, adolescents, children and worked with individual clients as well as families. Dr. Thompson also has experience working as a crisis therapist in a youth crisis stabilization unit. Dr. Thompson is licensed in Maine as a LCPC-C and her focus areas are PTSD; domestic violence; trauma and abuse; and bullying.

Additionally, Dr. Thompson is trained as a domestic violence advocate in Maine.

Dr. Thompson earned her grant writing certificate in 2016 from Fort Hays University.

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Sara Thompson believes in all students and her aspiration as an instructor is to encourage students to master the course content, while critically thinking and making connections to real-life situations. Dr. Thompson also challenges students to reach beyond what he or she considers to be their best academic work and potential. Teaching others is important to Dr. Thompson  because once she is no longer able to contribute to academia there will be another person whose life she influenced, who will take the gift of learning to others.

Awards

Dr. Sara Thompson graduated with distinction from Post University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Psy.D. She has received several awards for her dedication and volunteerism from the United States Army and area non-profit organizations.

Personal Background

Dr. Sara Thompson has two grown children who are in college and her oldest child attends Post University. For leisure, Dr. Thompson enjoys swimming, walking, kayaking, spending time with her children, friends, two cats, two Saint Bernards and Great Dane.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Sara Thompson’s major research interests are domestic violence, trauma and abuse of women and children.