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Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
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Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson Heather M. Thompson
School of Social Work
College of Social Design & Inquiry
Florida Atlantic University
United States
 
Biography

Dr. Thompson has her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. She is also the director of the Child Welfare Institute at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has provided parenting and therapy services to individuals, couples and families involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Her primary research interests are identifying protective factors for adolescents and their families in the foster care system, specifically focusing how family relationships and other contextual factors can impact outcomes. She is currently on the editorial board for the Child and Adolescent Social Work journal. She has presented research at national conferences such as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Council on Family Relations, National Association of Social Workers, and the American Family Therapy Academy.

Research Interest

Dr. Thompson’s research interest focus on various aspects of the child welfare system. Her primary research interests are identifying protective factors for adolescents and their families in the foster care system, specifically focusing how family relationships and other contextual factors can impact outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Thompson also researches best practices for child welfare professionals and the collaboration across the system of care.

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