Robert J. Thompson Jr.

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

Overview

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.

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

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

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

Pages

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: 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