Robert J. Thompson
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education & Training
Ph.D., University of North Dakota 1971
M.A., University of North Dakota 1968
B.A., La Salle University 1967
My research and teaching interests include how biological and psychosocial processes act together in human development and learning. One area of focus has been on the adaptation of children and their families to developmental problems and chronic illnesses, including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis. Another area of focus is enhancing undergraduate education through scholarship on teaching and learning and fostering the development of empathy and identity.
Dowd, JE, Thompson, RJ, Schiff, LA, and Reynolds, JA. "Understanding the complex relationship between critical thinking and science reasoning among undergraduate thesis writers." CBE Life Sciences Education 17.1 (March 1, 2018). Full Text
Jonson, JL, Thompson, RJ, Guetterman, TC, and Mitchell, N. "The Effect of Informational Characteristics and Faculty Knowledge and Beliefs on the Use of Assessment." Innovative Higher Education 42.1 (February 2017): 33-47. Full Text
Victor, EC, Chung, R, and Thompson, RJ. "Identifying Adolescent Patients at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections: Development of a Brief Sexual Health Screening Survey." Clinical pediatrics 54.9 (August 2015): 878-887. Full Text
Dowd, JE, Roy, CP, Thompson, RJ, and Reynolds, JA. "“On Course” for Supporting Expanded Participation and Improving Scientific Reasoning in Undergraduate Thesis Writing." Journal of Chemical Education 92.1 (January 13, 2015): 39-45. Full Text
Dowd, JE, Connolly, MP, Thompson, RJ, and Reynolds, JA. "Improved Reasoning in Undergraduate Writing through Structured Workshops." The Journal of Economic Education 46.1 (January 2, 2015): 14-27. Full Text
Victor, EC, Bowman, H, and Thompson, RJ. "Development of a measure of college students' adherence to religious doctrine concerning sexual behavior." Journal of American college health : J of ACH 63.3 (January 2015): 210-214. Full Text
Brodar, KE, Crosskey, LB, and Jr, TRJ. "The Relationship of Self-Compassion with Perfectionistic Self-Presentation, Perceived Forgiveness, and Perceived Social Support in an Undergraduate Christian Community." JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY AND THEOLOGY 43.4 (2015): 231-242.
Thompson, RJ, Walther, I, Tufts, C, Lee, KC, Paredes, L, Fellin, L, Andrews, E, Serra, M, Hill, JL, Tate, EB, and Schlosberg, L. "Development and Assessment of the Effectiveness of an Undergraduate General Education Foreign Language Requirement." Foreign Language Annals 47.4 (December 2014): 653-668. Full Text
Reynolds, JA, Thaiss, C, Katkin, W, and Thompson, RJ. "Writing-to-learn in undergraduate science education: a community-based, conceptually driven approach." CBE Life Sci Educ 11.1 (2012): 17-25. Full Text
Reynolds, JA, and Thompson, RJ. "Want to improve undergraduate thesis writing? Engage students and their faculty readers in scientific peer review." CBE Life Sci Educ 10.2 (2011): 209-215. Full Text
Thompson, RJ. Beyond Reason and Tolerance: The Purpose and Practice of Higher Education. Oxford University Press, January 10, 2014.
Thompson, R. Changing the Conversation about Higher Education. R&L Education, February 22, 2013.
Hine, FR, Carson, RC, Maddox, GL, Thompson, RJJ, and Williams, RB. Introduction to Behavioral Science in Medicine. Springer Science & Business Media, December 6, 2012.
Thompson, RJ, and Gustafson, K. adaptation to chronic childhood illness. WSashington DC: American Psychological Association, 1996. (Textbook)
Thompson, RJ. Behavior problems in children with developmental and learning disabilities. Univ of Michigan Pr, October 15, 1986.
Thompson, RJ, O'Quinn, and, AN. Developmental disabilities: Etiologies, manifestations, diagnoses and treatments. New York:: Oxford University Press, 1979. (Textbook)
Collaborative Research: Accelerating the Pace of Research and Implementation of Writing-to-Learn Pedagogies Across STEM Disciplines awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020
Collaborative Research: Understanding the Role of Writing in Promoting Learning and Engagement for Diverse Thesis Writer awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2016
Writing-to-Learn in the STEM Disciplines awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2011
Project ADVANCE: Developing a Cohort of Resilent Women in the Quantitative Sciences awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2001
Duke/Unc Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1977 to 2000
Comprhensive Sickle Cell Center awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1977 to 1998
Developmental Follow-Up Of Very Low Birth Weight Infants awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1993
Developmental Follow Up Of Very Low Birth Weight Infants awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1992
Enhancing Coping With Cystic Fibrosis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1991