Jennifer Thompson



Jennifer Thompson

Department Faculty

  • Professor

  • Campus:
  • Chicago, IL
IO/Business Psychology, Organization Leadership, Behavioral Economics
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 325 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
Office 730
325 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Office Phone
Email [email protected]

Dr. Thompson is a business psychologist who is devoted to uniting consulting and teaching. Her main focus is positive organizational behavior, positive psychology and psychological capital. This involves applying self-efficacy, resilience, hope, optimism, mindfulness and human strengths in organizational settings. She leads a group of doctoral students who conduct research in this area by applying these principles to leadership development, organizational change, entrepreneurial intention and employee engagement. Other areas of practice are employee selection, talent management, program assessment, employee engagement, surveys, as well as statistical consultation to a wide variety of applications. She has been with the Chicago School since 2002 and was formerly involved in higher education administration at the Chicago School, specializing in student learning and assessment. She has given presentations and authored publications on subjects that include use of technology in student assessment, affirmative action, stereotypes, student learning and assessment as well as failure in the workplace. Dr. Thompson's prior teaching experience includes Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago State University, and the University of Memphis. She previously worked for Organizational Effectiveness Consultants, United Airlines, Microsoft, MICA and American Academy of Pediatrics. This work included development and validation of selection systems, 360-degree feedback, survey design and implementation, assessment centers, research and adverse impact analysis. Her past consulting work focused on employee engagement through organizational surveys and analysis, reward and organization structuring for small clinics, strategic planning and statistical consultation around research methodology and data interpretation.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.S. in Psychology University of Memphis
Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Illinois Institute of Technology
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member International Positive Psychology Association
President (2006-2008) Chicago Industrial Organizational Psychologists (CIOP)
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Business/IO Psychology Adverse Impact
Employee Engagement
Employee Selection
Employment Discrimination
Employment Litigation
Human Resource Management
Performance Appraisal
Survey Development
Psychology Subdisciplines - Positive Psychology
Title Location Date
Joyner, A., Newton, N., Fuller, C. & Thompson, J. L. (2015). The Theodora Effect: Character Strengths and Performance in Executive Women. Paper presented at Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, Buena Vista, FL. 2015

Thompson, J. L.,& Morris, S. B. (2013). What factors influence judges' rulings about the legality of affirmative action plans?Journal of Business Psychology, 28(4), 411-424.

Stowers, M. R., &Thompson, J. L.(2011). Personality asa predictor of military suitability.Journal of Organizational Psychology, 11(2), 24-34.

Hartman, E. L., &Thompson, J. L.(2009). From surviving to thriving: Seven leaders share their stories.The Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, 47(1), 27-30.

Newton, N. A., Khanna, C., &Thompson, J. L.(2008). Workplace failure: Mastering the last taboo.Consulting Psychology Journal: Research & Practice, 60(4), 227-245.

Thompson, J. L.,Garman, A., Horowitz, M., & Barr, M. (2005). The Chicago SchoolI-O program: Application of the Vail model to the graduate I-O education.The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 42(4), 106-111.

Media Exposure

Medill Reports Chicago, Healthy Work Environments Give Companies and Edge (April 7, 2010),

Professional Skills
Appreciative Inquiry