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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), http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=162652
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